Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. ... See full summary »
Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. Pancho's Tamales sing in Spanish; the Old Maid cleanser girls dance. Some Russian Rye bread dances to a Russian arrangement. The penguins for Old Colds cigarettes dance and skate, too. Two union suits do a dance, with their drop panel beating time on washtubs, as a set of lingerie dances and a Jell-O mold shakes. The My Ami chick goes after the worm in an apple, but catches the hose of an air pump instead and gets inflated. A cat comes after the chick. The bellhop for Philmore cigarettes calls out the support: A Police Chief gasoline car, the RCA dog (fake brand not visible), and finally the arm and hammer from a baking soda poster which clubs the cat on the head. Written by
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One of a standard series of cartoons for Termite Terrace over the next decade, in which the gags are set up by puns on the titles in a bookstore or magazine shop (Clampett's BOOK REVIEW (1946) for example). Here, it's advertising posters for popular commercial products. About two-thirds of them are no longer sold, so it becomes an exercise in popular culture archeology. Nonetheless, I expect the modern audience to be familiar enough with, say, Bon Ami cleanser, its baby chick mascot and motto "Hasn't Scratched Yet" to catch the drift. And the gags, as one can expect in a Friz Frleeng cartoon, are amusing.
That being the case, it should be noted that this cartoon saw the introduction of the song "Merrily We Roll Along" to Termite Terrace's files. Along with "The Merry-go-round Broke Down" it was their theme. Enjoy.
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