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Cleaning House (1938)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Short  |  19 February 1938 (USA)
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Mama has everyone working on spring cleaning, or so she thinks; in fact, everyone's slacking off in various ways. The Captain is the only one to get caught and face her wrath, though. To ... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ...
Captain (voice) (uncredited)


Mama has everyone working on spring cleaning, or so she thinks; in fact, everyone's slacking off in various ways. The Captain is the only one to get caught and face her wrath, though. To escape, he fakes illness, but the boys catch him at it. Mama calls the doctor; the boys intercept him and impersonate him. They get revealed, but so does the Captain, and Mama puts him to work doing everyone's job. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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On Friday, 1 October 1937, MGM signed Robert Allen as director of its new series of cartoons based on Rudolph Dirks's "The Captain and the Kids" newspaper comic-strip feature. The company also signed George Gordon as layout man and animator for the series. Gordon had previously been with TerryToons for seven years. See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
Music by Juventino Rosas
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A little history for those who track comings and goings...

In October of 1937, with the completion of a new two-story building on the M-G-M lot, the company announced a new production division called Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Cartoon Studios to be housed in the new building at 10202 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City and, those who wished to talk to anybody at Metro's Cartoon Studio could dial (or have the operator do it)REpublic 0211, which meant R-E-0-2-0-1. On Octobert 14, the company announced the hiring of 31 key men, to go along with the other 200 employees that might be needed.

Head(s) of Production: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising

General Manager: Fred Quimby

Directors: Robert Allen, William Hanna and Isadore Freleg (all three had formerly been with the Harman-Ising unit, while Freling had had experience with Charles Mintz, Walt Disney and Leon Schlesinger, according to the M-G-M publicity department.)

Production Supervisor: C. G. Maxwell (formerly with Disney and Harman-Ising)

Writers: Harry Hirschfield, "Pinto" Colvig, Ray Kelly (formerly with Van Beuren), Kin Platt (formerly with Disney), Henry Allen (from Harman-Ising), Joseph Barbera (from Terrytoons), Allen Freleng (from Schlesinger's shop.) In-Between-Department Head: Edmund Schultz (from Mintz and Universal) Painting and Inking Head: L. S. Gobel Music Department Head: Bert Lewis (six years with Disney) Camera Department Head: E. J. Moore Cameraman: Jack J. Stevens Character and Settings Design Head: Charles Thorsen Contract Animators: Ben Clopton, Sam Stimson, Gary Meyer, Bill Nolan, A. J. Zander, Richard Bickenbach, and Cecil Surry.

Sound Technician: F. McAlpin Finish Layouts: Willie Hopkins and Karl Karpe Other Layout: Ernest Nordli, Dan Gordon and George Gordon The first cartoon series under the new expansion program would be based on the syndicated newspaper feature, "The Captain and The Kids.

Not a bad line-up, even if some didn't stay very long, albeit some stayed for a lifetime.

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