A mouse fakes blindness and plays his fiddle; he returns home, where it becomes apparent he's rich. The tax collector arrives, and he pulls various levers and presses buttons to make his ... See full summary »

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A mouse fakes blindness and plays his fiddle; he returns home, where it becomes apparent he's rich. The tax collector arrives, and he pulls various levers and presses buttons to make his home look like a shack. The tax collector can't catch him. A cat sees this and tries baiting a trap with a gold coin; that fails, but a gold crown on his tooth lures the mouse in. Or does it? The mouse telling this story to his grandchildren looks oddly familiar... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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con men lurk everywhere
24 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Back when Warner Bros. animation was still in its relatively early stages - at this point, Porky Pig was still their top star - they made this cartoon about a mouse pretending to be a blind pauper. He stands on the sidewalk playing his fiddle, and people toss him money. But when he goes home, it gets revealed that he's a millionaire - possibly a billionaire. When the tax collector comes to check things out, the mouse simply hides his wealth. Ah, but everything takes a little bit of a different turn once a cat gets hungry for him.

One might interpret "The Fella with the Fiddle" as a parable of greed, or as a cautionary tale about con artists (nowadays of course, he would probably send out an e-mail claiming to be Nigerian). Either way, it's far from the best Merrie Melodies cartoon, but OK in a pinch. Available on YouTube.


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