Joe McDoakes is the protagonist of a series of 63 black and white live action comedy one-reel short subjects released between1942 and 1956. The Joe McDoakes shorts are also known as the Behind the Eight Ball series (for the large eight ball Joe appeared behind in the opening credits) or the So You Want… series (as most of the films were titled). The character’s name comes from “Joe Doakes,” which was then a popular American slang term for the average man.
The theme song of the series is “I Know that You Know” (music by Vincent Youmans) from his Broadway musical Oh, Please!(1926), used later in the MGM musical Hit the Deck (1955).