Label: Warner Bros. Records - K 26120 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack
A total of 63 black and white live action one-reel short subjects films were made and released between and The character's name comes from " Joe Doakes ," which was then a popular American slang term for the average man. Bare Productions and distributed by Warner Bros.
These one-reel shorts were co-written by Bare and O'Hanlon, although Bare usually received sole screen credit as writer. Art Gilmorethroughserved as the narrator of Joe's humorous efforts to accomplish the activity that was the focus of the short. Gordon Hollingsheadwho won five Academy Awards for producing other short subjects for Warner Bros. It was picked up by Warner Bros.
These first three shorts were filmed silent, with narration added in post-productionin the manner of the popular Pete Smith shorts, made at MGM from to They also resembled the Smith shorts in that they addressed actual, everyday problems giving up smoking, caring for the eyes, coping with allergies in an instructional but humorous way. In the series began using live sound recording, and the addition of dialogue gave the films a new dimension.
Now the action was being played strictly for laughs, with many familiar Hurting Me - Various - New Noises Vol. 56 actors adding to the fun. Many of the shorts are domestic A Song For Cathy - Various - Great Warner Bros.
Action Movies , with "the original hard-luck kid" McDoakes insisting on carrying a project through, with often disastrous consequences. So You Want to Build a Model Railroad has Joe so engrossed in the hobby that it overruns his entire apartment; So You Want to Be a Cowboy has Joe going to a movie, and creating a disturbance when he envisions himself as a cowboy hero; So You're Going on a Vacation has Joe struggling with a camping outfit.
Harker, Coates, and Frazee each displayed a fine sense of comedy as Joe's long-suffering mate. While the Alice character would appear in most of the shorts, the actress playing her would not be billed, and unless the story required Joe to be married, not only would Alice not appear, but Joe could even be a bachelor again, as there was no continuity between installments. Star O'Hanlon and director Bare shared the same crazy sense of humor, which ran all through the series.
So You Want to Be a Detective pokes fun at the detective mystery Lady in the A Song For Cathy - Various - Great Warner Bros. Action Movies ; the action is in the first personwith the camera representing Art Gilmore taking a more active role in the story than usualwho is presumably tagging along with Joe. In So You Want to Be in PicturesMcDoakes is listening to a record that is providing an acting lesson, and when the telephone rings the record tells him to answer it.
Later in that same short, McDoakes is hired to serve as a stunt double at a movie studio. Joe occasionally punctuates the end of a scene by looking straight into the camera to speak to or commiserate with the movie audience. For most of the series's run, the McDoakes shorts were the only live-action comedies offered in the minute Buscando Emociones - Quemando Ruedas - Aqui Vale Todo, making them handy for theater owners to include in their programs.
The series ran untilwhen the decline of the studio system brought an end to the production of short subjects by Warner Bros. Note: Appearance credits for non-billed actors may be incomplete or incorrect due to inaccurate sources.
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