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September 1931 (USA) See more »
Things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. And then Foxy walks in and the customers go really wild. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lady, Play Your Mandolin! is a highly amusing first Merrie Melodies short See more (7 total) »

Directed by
Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced by
Hugh Harman .... producer
Rudolf Ising .... producer
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Marsales 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Animation Department
Norm Blackburn .... animator
Rollin Hamilton .... animator
Robert Clampett .... animator (uncredited)
Larry Martin .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Abe Lyman .... conductor
Frank Marsales .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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7 min
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This short film is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Little Caesar (1931).See more »
[first lines]
Animals:[singing] Lady, play your mandolin. / Lady, let that tune begin.
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Lady, Play Your Mandolin! is a highly amusing first Merrie Melodies short, 3 June 2007
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

If it wasn't for the fact that the male and female leads had triangle ears and long bushy tails, they would've been mistaken for Mickey and Minnie Mouse (maybe Walt Disney did and threatened to sue so Leon Schlesinger told his cartoon directors Hugh Harmon and Rudolf Ising-former Disney animators-to stop making Foxy cartoons). Anyway, Foxy rides on his horse to a bar in a desert town to see his girlfriend play the title song. This being pre-Code (and no stigma of cartoons being only a children's medium then), there's lots of drinking of alcohol treated in a humorous manner especially of the horse at the climax. Historically important since this was the first Merrie Melodies short after a year of Looney Tunes with Bosko as the star. Highly amusing though a long way from the classics that starred Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, etc. Still, worth seeing for any animation buff especially of Warner Bros. cartoons.

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