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The Lyin' Mouse (1937)

A mouse is trying to free himself from a trap when a cat arrives. The mouse, desperate, asks if the cat has heard the story of the lion and the mouse. We see the lion, scaring all the ... See full summary »

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A mouse is trying to free himself from a trap when a cat arrives. The mouse, desperate, asks if the cat has heard the story of the lion and the mouse. We see the lion, scaring all the animals; the mouse has a horn that imitates the lion's roar, and has some fun with it until the lion catches him. The mouse pleads for his life, and the lion, distracted by a bigger catch, agrees. The bigger catch is a trap set by the Frank Cluck expedition; the lion avoids the first trap, but falls for the second, and find himself in a circus lion-taming act (where he put his head inside the tamer's mouth). The mouse happens by, and chews a lion-shaped hole in the lion's wooden cart/cage, setting him free. Back to the cat: moved by this story, he releases the mouse; just before entering his hole, the mouse has one last word for the cat: "Sucker!" Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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16 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Connections

Spoofs Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932) See more »

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Too Marvelous for Words
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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While the story-within-a-story is much more compelling . . .
11 March 2016 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . than the framing passages, THE LYIN' MOUSE may be one of America's top prognosticating outfit Warner Bros.' cautionary tales aimed at this 2016 Election Year. The title character ends his fibbing exercise by yelling "Sucker!" at his thoroughly bamboozled natural feline predator, who had him dead to rights minutes earlier (slathered in mustard, between two slices of bread). The current convention delegate leader for the U.S. Rich People's Party Presidential Nomination has said he could strangle a Girl Scout on Main Street at High Noon, and his backers would still vote for him. Instead of a Victory Speech, he scammed the American Media for a free infomercial for his lines of steak, wine, and bottled water this week after the most recent primaries. Doesn't anyone else expect him to yell "Suckers!" any minute now, just like THE LYIN' MOUSE? All major American TV media outlets have recently run montages of this candidate's lies, which are so numerous that various subsets must be lumped together thematically to keep these segments manageable. It's hard to watch THE LYIN' MOUSE this year WITHOUT knowing exactly who the Nostradamus-like seers at Warner were foretelling.


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