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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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Town Crier / Praying Baby / Rip Van Winkle / Emily Host / Alladin (voice) (uncredited)
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Old King Cole (voice) (uncredited)
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Georgia Stark ...
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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 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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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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 »

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Rip Van Winkle: Old King Cole is a noisy old soul.
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References Little Women (1933) See more »

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Vieni, vieni
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Music by Vincent Scotto
Played during the Invisible Man, Topper, and Thirty-Nine Steps sequence
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31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another of the 'books are alive' shorts, perhaps it's having just watched Robert Clampetts' superb "Book Revue" short, but I found this one to be still a bit amusing, but somewhat bland. The rapid fire gags were there in spades, but the whole thing just seemed to be missing the manic energy of a typical Looney Tunes short, and therefor felt a bit lifeless and just a tad stale to me. It still remains watchable, but lacks the spark that makes it stand out in any way, shape, or form. This animated short can be seen on Disc 4 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2.

My Grade: C


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