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Porky's Road Race (1937)

It's race day, and first prize is $2 million (less $1,999,998.37 in taxes). Porky's little car is matched against cars driven by stars of yesteryear, including Laurel and Hardy and Charlie ... See full summary »

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Greta Garbo / Elaine Barrie (voice) (uncredited)
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Leslie Howard / Freddie Bartholomew / George Arliss / Edna May Oliver (voice) (uncredited)
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Borax Karoff (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
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W.C. Fields (voice) (uncredited)
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It's race day, and first prize is $2 million (less $1,999,998.37 in taxes). Porky's little car is matched against cars driven by stars of yesteryear, including Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. When the black #13 driven by "Borax Karoff" makes a bid for the finish line, can Porky fend him off? Written by Jason A. Cormier

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The caricatured celebrities are, in order of appearance: Men on seesaw: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Little Tramp: Charles Chaplin; Man with big nose: W.C. Fields; Old lady: Edna May Oliver; Woman with big feet: Greta Garbo; Floating Power: Charles Laughton; Borax Karoff: Boris Karloff; Knee Action Special: Stepin Fetchit; Cheerio Special: George Arliss, Leslie Howard, Freddie Bartholomew; Caliban and Ariel: John Barrymore and Elaine Barrie; Hitchhiker: Clark Gable. See more »

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Before the credits, this disclaimer appears: "The people portrayed in this photoplay are phoney! All places portrayed are the bunk! The events portrayed are entirely fictional!" See more »

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Spoofs It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played after the booze is poured into the car
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Neither one thing nor the other but notable for being Mel Blanc's debut performance
3 November 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's 'Porky's Road Race' is a curious cartoon that feels like neither one thing nor another. It combines a story of Porky Pig in a car race with a series of celebrity caricatures. There were several of these celebrity caricature cartoons in the early years of Warner Bros. cartoons and it seems their popularity lead to writers trying to cram the caricatures into shorts that didn't need them. These then-topical asides slow down a cartoon which is at its best when Tashlin is playing it at high speed. The final battle between Porky and arch enemy Borax Karoff is the highlight of the film. Although he was still the studios main star at this point, Porky was quickly being milked dry of his potential and often ended up playing a supporting role in his own cartoons (he would be usurped by Daffy Duck in just a few cartoon's time). The main reason for the presence of the caricatures seems to be that the concept of Porky in a race just isn't strong enough to sustain a seven minute cartoon. While it's often quite a snappy and fun picture, 'Porky's Road Race' is ultimately an awkward cartoon that makes you wish you were watching either a better early Porky cartoon or a better Hollywood caricature cartoon instead of some strange offspring of the two. Nevertheless, 'Porky's Road Race' is extraordinarily important in at least one respect. It was the debut appearance of the unbelievably talented voice artist Mel Blanc whose presence would elevate Warner cartoons to a whole new plain of brilliance.


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