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Wake Up the Gypsy in Me (1933)

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A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we ... See full summary »

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A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we finally see that the other end of the rope is anchored by a very small dog). A trench-coated bomber sneaks into the palace, where we see Rice-Puddin', the mad monk, cheating at a jigsaw puzzle. He spies the activity in the gypsy camp and orders a henchman to fetch the gypsy girl. The villagers revolt as a result, sending The Mad Monk scrambling on his horse; they stuff a bomb into his pants just as he turns his horse into a helicopter, and it explodes. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Spoofs Rasputin and the Empress (1932) See more »

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Wake Up the Gypsy in Me
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Written by Lew Lehr, Harry Miller and Lew Pollack
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Appeal to a historian like me!
30 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Half a century ago, I first saw Wake Up the Gypsy in Me, long before I knew much history. To be sure, I have always liked this cartoon, liking the Russian music and dancing. I noted how Rice Puddin' the Mad Monk was a jig-saw puzzle enthusiast. I can identify with THAT since jig-saw puzzles have long been one of my pastimes. (It was later that I learned that he represented Rasputin, one of the sinister characters in Czarist Russia.) Rice- Puddin' watched the gypsies dance and make music, had eyes on one the girls, and told the guard to bring him the girl, whom he abused. THAT led a mob to go after Rice-Puddin', which suggests the Russian Revolution. Surely, a cartoon like this one would appeal to a historian like me.


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