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Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)

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Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all ... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Town Crier / Praying Baby / Rip Van Winkle / Emily Host / Alladin (voice) (uncredited)
The Four Blackbirds ...
Vocal Group (archive sound) (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ...
Old King Cole (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce ...
W. C. Fields (voice) (uncredited)
Georgia Stark ...
Whistler's Mother / Heidi (voice) (uncredited)


Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free. They are soon chased by horsemen from The Charge of the Light Brigade and Under Two Flags and beset by the cannons of All Quiet on the Western Front. All this disturbs the sleep of Rip Van Winkle, who opens Hurricane so that everyone is (all together now) Gone with the Wind. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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25 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Among the many entertainment personalities caricatured in relation to book titles are: Bill Robinson/The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greta Garbo/So Big, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, The Mills Brothers/The Green Pastures, William Powell/The Thin Man, Clark Gable/The House of the Seven Gables, Paul Muni/The Story of Louis Pasteur, Charles Laughton/Mutiny on the Bounty, Victor McLaglen/The Informer, W.C. Fields/So Red the Nose [sic], and Ned Sparks/Rip Van Winkle. See more »


Rip Van Winkle: Old King Cole is a noisy old soul.
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Edited from Clean Pastures (1937) See more »


Swing for Sale
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by the Cab Calloway and Mills Brothers caricatures
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Very clever and colourful take on the literary classics
16 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this cartoon. It is engaging, it is colourful and it is extremely clever. It is enormous fun spotting all the literary references such as Heidi (who does sing like Cab Calloway), The Three Musketeers and The Thin Man, references to Frankenstein, Fu Manchu, Mr Hyde and Phantom of the Opera(the beginning was hilarious, it isn't everyday when you see monsters such as Fu Manchu dancing to Gossec's Gavotte) and the caricatures of Charles Laughton, William Powell, Greta Garbo and Paul Muni. The animation is spotless, the music is fabulous and the voice work is top notch. The gags and puns come fast and the cartoon is loaded to the brim with them. Who cares whether it is plot less, it is amazing to look at, it is entertaining and very clever. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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