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The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (1937)

A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell ... See full summary »




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Uncredited cast:
Louella Possums / Martha Bray / Various (voice) (uncredited)
Mr. Growlin / Alexander Owlcott / Milton Squirrel / Walter Finchell / Jack Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Birdie (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce ...
Tizzie Fish (voice) (uncredited)
Georgia Stark ...
Grace Moose / Lily Swans / Deanna Terrapin (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb ...
Joe Penguin / Andy Bovine / Various (voice) (uncredited)


A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell prepares to lead a singalong; he gives several different page numbers in the songbook, then says, "Never mind, we won't use the books." The audience, responding "Oh yes we will" pelts him. Billy Goat and Ernie Bear introduce and sing the title song. Everyone sings along, except a fox, who informed he's singing the wrong song, responds, "Why don't somebody tell me these things?" We pan across a series of celebrity guests, like W.C. Field-mouse, Dick Fowl, Deanna Terrapin, Bing Crowsby, and the high-note competing duo of Grace Moose and Lily Swans. Tizzie Fish has a cooking segment. Finally, Louella Possums introduces a company performing a scene from The Prodigal's Return. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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4 December 1937 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The caricatured celebrities are, in order of appearance: Alexander Owllcott (town crier)= Alexander Woollcott; Ben Birdie = Ben Bernie; Walter Finchell = Walter Winchell; Milton Squirrel = Milton Berle; Wendell Howl = Wendell Hall; Billy Goat and Ernie Bear = Billy Jones and Ernie Hare; Fred Growlin = Fred Allen; Portland Hare: Portland Hoffa; Eddie Gander = Eddie Cantor; Sophie Turkey = Sophie Tucker; W.C. Fieldmouse = W.C. Fields; Dick Fowl: Dick Powell; Fats Swallow = Fats Waller; Deanna Terrapin = Deanna Durbin; Irvin S. Frog = Irvin S. Cobb; Fred McFurry = Fred MacMurray; Bing Crowsby = Bing Crosby; Al Goatson = Al Jolson; Ruby Squealer = Ruby Keeler; Lanny Hoss = Grace Moore; Lily Swans = Lily Pons; Raven McQuandry = Haven MacQuarrie; Joe Penguin = Joe Penner; Moutha Bray = Martha Raye; Tizzie Fish = Tizzie Lish; Louella Possums = Louella Parsons; Jack Bunny = Jack Benny; Mary Bunny = Mary Livingstone; Andy Bovine = Andy Devine. See more »


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3 November 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's 'The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos' is another of the then-popular Hollywood caricature cartoons of the 30s and early 40s. Once enormous crowd-pleasers, these cartoons have obviously aged significantly and are largely notable for being fun star-spotting exercises for modern day film buffs. I consider myself a huge cinema fan and was able to identify many of the caricatures in cartoons such as 'Hollywood Steps Out' and 'The Coo Coo Nut Grove' but 'The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos' is mostly made up of far more obscure reference points which will go over the head of most modern day audience members (myself included). It's a shame because 'The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos' looks great and seems as if it would have been particularly funny in its day. However, it relies so strongly on the viewer being in on the joke that it quickly becomes boring for anyone who is missing the point of gag after gag. As such, I feel it's practically impossible for me to properly rate 'The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos' fairly. I may have been bored but that was more my fault than Frank Tashlin's.

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