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The Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939)

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





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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Potato policeman: What do you know about those missing carrots?
Pickled onions: We don't know nothing, we're strangers from Bermuda.
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Edited into Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

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Potatoes And Puns Save The Day
17 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is different: potato-people have the lead role. (This was long before Mr. Potato Head.) A Irish spud who is the cop summons the rest of his squad out of "Paddy's Potatoes" burlap bag to help find the missing carrots after some ghoulish-character steals them and causes chaos.

The animation is pretty weak but the story is original and certainly keeps your attention. Suspects are rounded up in a root beer bar and we see police brutality as a corn stalk is put into a toaster to get him to "pop," er talk. Pickled onions claim they are from Bermuda and know nothing. An orange is put in a squeezer and an egg who won't talk is put on a skillet "to fry."

The Irish potato cops are rough but at least they have a sense of humor with all the puns they use in torturing their victims. This cartoon probably would not be made today, although I never saw a Tom And Jerry cartoon, or a Roadrunner or a bunch of others that didn't have a ton of violence in them, either. That's just the way they were done back in the classic-film era. I don't know if that still holds true today. I wouldn't be surprised if today's cartoons are obsessed with sex instead of violence.

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