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The Major Lied 'Til Dawn (1938)

We open on a big game hunter telling a little boy (a caricture of child star Freddie Bartholomew) stories about hunting in the jungles of Africa. He tells him a story about a day he was ... See full summary »

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We open on a big game hunter telling a little boy (a caricture of child star Freddie Bartholomew) stories about hunting in the jungles of Africa. He tells him a story about a day he was hunting there. The game hunter gets help from African natives to catch some animals, with some odd results. Sight gags include a African native with a record player hidden in his huge lower lip, an elephant who can't remember something he was supposed to do, and the game hunter riding a elephant and having to "shift gears" like an automobile to get up a steep hill. Written by Chris Walker

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13 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Crazy Credits

The elephant who couldn't remember finally does remember what he was going to do, and says, "That's all, folks!" The "Merrie Melodies" and "Produced by Leon Schlesinger" text then appears around him. See more »

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Spoofs The General Died at Dawn (1936) See more »

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Bei mir Bist du Schön
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Music by Sholom Secunda
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Hey, Bungalow Bill. What did you kill?
14 December 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I usually wouldn't feel so thrilled at the sight of a hunter who gallantly shoots animals. But "The Major Lied 'Til Dawn" has some really funny stuff. As was often the case with Warner Bros. cartoons of the late 1930s, there's a number of spot gags and a twist at the end. The boy is obviously a caricature of Freddie Bartholomew. The "2-to-1" scene is apparently a spoof of a cigarette ad of the era.

This cartoon had less in the way of editing and camera angle than I usually expect in a Frank Tashlin cartoon, but I still liked it. As for the racial stereotypes, they probably didn't mean any hostility to Africans; this was very likely the only image that they knew.

Anyway, you're sure to like this one.


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