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Porky's Railroad (1937)

Porky is the engineer on the most pathetic train in the fleet. After some routine episodes (using pepper to get the engine to sneeze itself up a hill, chasing a cow off the tracks, only to ... See full summary »

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Porky is the engineer on the most pathetic train in the fleet. After some routine episodes (using pepper to get the engine to sneeze itself up a hill, chasing a cow off the tracks, only to discover too late that it's been replaced by a very angry bull), Porky gets word that he's going to be replaced by the new streamlined Silver Fish. He insults it under his breath, but the Silver Fish engineer hears and challenges him to a race. The angry bull catapults Porky to victory. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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7 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Putte Possun rautatie  »

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The Morse code heard in this cartoon translates as QST QSL 'LEON SCHLESINGER' HOLLYWOOD FOR PICTURE OF PORKY. See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
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aka "Dixie"
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played briefly after the wood pile is dispersed
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maybe Porky really represented people's hopes during the Depression
19 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the many cartoons from the days when Porky Pig was the top Warner Bros. cartoon star - though Daffy Duck would soon overtake him - "Porky's Railroad" looks to me like a parable of many American's hopes during the Depression. We see how Porky is the simple little guy with his ordinary train going about things as he's always done, but he gets replaced by a big guy, much like how the banks foreclosed on many people's homes during those years. So, Porky's only hope is to race the big galoot: he's the underdog against seemingly improbable odds.

Of course, I just might be reading too far into this cartoon. I don't know what specifically director Frank Tashlin wanted to say here; he may have just intended it as a way to pass time. Whatever the gist is, it's still a pretty enjoyable cartoon. Not their best by any stretch, but worth seeing.


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