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Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas (1938)

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Johnny Smith enters an America where the Indians behave like 1930s average Americans. When he is arrested, the girl Poker Huntas rescues and elopes with him.

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Tex Avery ...
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Egghead / The Chief / Native Americans (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen ...
Poker Huntas (voice) (uncredited)
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Johnny Smith enters an America where the Indians behave like 1930s average Americans. When he is arrested, the girl Poker Huntas rescues and elopes with him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Spoofs The Last of the Mohicans (1936) See more »

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Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
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aka "The Red, White and Blue"
Music by Thomas A. Beckett
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Probably the only time that racism got clever.
2 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Obviously, it's harder to laugh at "Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas" now that we realize how it pushes every possible stereotype about American Indians. The cartoon portrays Johnny Smith (played by Elmer Fudd's prototype Egghead) sailing to America - on the Mayflower! - only to get taken prisoner by the Indians; fortunately, Poker Huntas is on hand.

Still, in Tex Avery fashion, they have a gag every couple of seconds. True, it's the sort of stuff that they probably would have understood it all better in the '30s, but some stuff is still quite a hoot.

Sadly, these don't really make up for the obvious racism. Are we ever going to take a serious look at what John Smith's deeds led to?


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