At the hobo hotel, it's morning. One hobo awakens, and carefully avoids the shower, except for a drop on each eye. He stops at the medicine cabinet for some "soda fizz" which jets about, ... See full summary »

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At the hobo hotel, it's morning. One hobo awakens, and carefully avoids the shower, except for a drop on each eye. He stops at the medicine cabinet for some "soda fizz" which jets about, causing havoc. A train goes by, and the swinging rhythm inspires a makeshift clarinet solo. The cook grabs some fish from the fridge, which opens right onto the river. Another train whistle prompts an announcer; the hobos board down a slide. The clarinet player starts up again, and everyone dances. The engineer notices, stops the train, and pulls the "hobo eliminator" lever, which ejects them. Fortunately, they land right in front of a sign looking for amateur musicians at a radio station. They play and sing, to everyone's enjoyment. The station owner offers them luxury but a passing train whistle changes their minds. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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17 June 1939 (USA)  »

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I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Played when the hoboes are kicked off the train
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Hallelujah, I'm a hobo
28 March 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the one-shot cartoons from the first decade of Warner Bros. animation - and one that lost its opening credits in the Blue Ribbon reissue - portrays a gaggle of vagabonds who try to ride a train (before getting ejected) and then perform for a radio show. "Hobo Gadget Band" contains the sort of silly gags that were typical of the WB cartoons of this era, like a hobo who avoids the shower except a few drops to clean his eyelids.

It isn't the best cartoon that the Termite Terrace crowd ever created. It was probably just a placeholder between the really great cartoons (1939 also saw "A Day at the Zoo" and "Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur"), but I think that if a cartoon makes you laugh, then it's a good one. I certainly laughed at this one. Worth seeing.


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