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Melvin Millar (story)
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Release Date:
25 February 1939 (USA) See more »
A man stops for gas on his way to dig for gold. The man at the station tells him what it was like back in 1849 in San Francisco... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not a classic, but it could give you a chuckle See more (2 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Cop / Seabiscuit (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Cal Dalton 
Ben Hardaway 
Writing credits
Melvin Millar (story)

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gil Turner .... animator
Art Loomer .... background supervisor (uncredited)
Rod Scribner .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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7 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #4998)

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not a classic, but it could give you a chuckle, 28 July 2007
Author: Electrified_Voltage from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

For a while, when I was very young, watching animated shorts from the 1930s and '40s on video was a regular hobby for me. Watching many of these cartoons over a decade later, some of them don't do anything for me anymore, while others I still find amusing, even if they don't do as much for me as they did way back. "Gold Rush Daze" is one of the latter. When I watched this 1939 cartoon for the first time in many years, I was mildly disappointed. However, I have watched it several more times since then, and have found it just slightly funnier.

A man stops at a gas station. He very quickly and anxiously tells the man who runs the station to put some gas in his car, and is asked why he is in such a hurry. He tells the station owner that he's about to dig for gold. The station owner then laughs and tells him that it's a useless idea, since there's no gold to be found, no matter where one searches. He then then begins to tell the man in the car the story of his long, troubled search for gold back in 1849, as we are shown in flashback.

Some cartoons from around this time may still be considered classics today, while others have been forgotten. Since it appears that no one else has commented on "Gold Rush Daze" on IMDb yet, it's obviously one of the more obscure ones of its time. I can understand this, as it's not very memorable, and may be a bit dated. However, I've definitely seen much worse excuses for comedy. This short does have some reasonable slapstick gags, and could be enjoyable for fans of these old cartoons, especially kids. I'm not quite sure about the availability of this Merrie Melodies piece right now, but for hardcore fans of these old animated shorts, it might be worth looking for.

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