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Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931)

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Things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. And then Foxy walks in and the customers go really wild.


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Things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. All the animals are singing. The tables are swaying to the music. The ape-waiter is dancing down the aisles as confetti and ribbons continually fall from the ceiling. And then Foxy walks in and the customers really go wild. He sings "A Gay Caballero" as he walks down the aisle. By the time he gets to his table, the show is ready to begin. The performer is a beautiful girl-fox singing "Lady, Play Your Mandolin." Foxy sings along, as his horse busts in and gets drunk. Written by J. Spurlin

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September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spiel auf Deiner Mandoline  »

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Originally, the Merrie Melodies were intended to showcase songs from the Warner Brothers musical library; only later did the Merrie Melodies become interchangeable with the Looney Tunes. See more »


[first lines]
Animals: [singing] Lady, play your mandolin. / Lady, let that tune begin.
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Cielito lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza
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debauchery for kids
25 January 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The first Merrie Melody cartoon becomes funny once you realize the historical context. "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" was released during prohibition, but features a bunch of characters drinking themselves stupid (those cartoons loved inebriation, didn't they?). Otherwise, you can see that the Termite Terrace crowd was only getting started, so you can forgive them for creating something that looks too much like a Disney cartoon; they got really good when they deliberately tried to be the anti-Disney. There's a reason that Foxy didn't get as well known as Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer, etc. But at least the existence of this cartoon paved the way for the Looney Tunes.

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