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The Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939)

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After a series of vegetable disappearances,a potato policeman goes out to catch the kidnappers.


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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Irish Potato Cop / Snoring Onions (voice) (uncredited)


Crime strikes the vegetable world when Mrs. Mama Carrot awakens and finds her children have been carrot-napped. She summons the Irish-Potato Police and they are soon on the trail of the culprit. But the various suspects they round up, and grill, aren't the criminals. They finally track down the guilty parties, who turn out to be a gang of mice in disguise. Thrown into a third-degree mousetrap, the mice soon confess. Bleeding Heart Warning: This cartoon contains racial stereotypes (an Irish potato), and cruelty to vegetables...and mice. Written by Les Adams <>

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29 September 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Potato policeman: We'll fry ya.
Egg: I'm hard boiled, the yolk's on you.
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a truly clever little spud
20 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Fresh Vegetable Mystery is indeed both cleverly a mystery and about fresh vegetables. Someone has kidnapped the carrot family, and the clever animation and characterizations had me quite anxious to discover who the culprit was. Because of the older age of this cartoon, you can tell that these filmmakers had a great deal more freedom than animated filmmakers of today. At one point, the potato police punish some vegetable-people by trapping them on top of a hot skillet. The depiction of this kind of torture would be unlikely to appear in any modern day cartoon targeted towards children, but it certainly is powerful here.

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