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The Hardship of Miles Standish (1940)

In this version of "The Courtship of Miles Standish", Elmer Fudd is messanger John Alden, sent to give Miles' love letter to Pricilla. While delivering the message, however, her house is ... See full summary »

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Grandson - Priscilla (voice) (uncredited)
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Miles Standish - Indians (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
Radio Announcer / Grandpa (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
John Alden (voice) (uncredited)
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In this version of "The Courtship of Miles Standish", Elmer Fudd is messanger John Alden, sent to give Miles' love letter to Pricilla. While delivering the message, however, her house is attacked by Indians, and John is the only one who can save her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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27 April 1940 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is obvious that the Indian mouths, "Goddamn son of a bitch". See more »

Goofs

When John Alden/Elmer Fudd reads the telegram, he says "11:57 a.m.", but the printed time on the telegram actually says "1159am". See more »

Quotes

Grandpa: And that's the story of Priscilla and Miles Standish.
[sits back in his chair, lights his pipe and puffs]
Grandpa: And if that ain't the truth, I hope lightnin' strikes me!
[a huge bolt of lightning strikes the house. Grandpa is hanging from a rafter]
Grandpa: Anyhow, that's the way I heard it.
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Connections

Spoofs The Courtship of Myles Standish (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Arthur Q. Bryan as John Alden
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Traffic owes Warner Bros. royalties
18 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Yes, "The Hardship of Miles Standish" contains racial stereotypes. As long as we understand that, we can laugh at the cartoon. Friz Freleng's cartoon is a fracturing of the Miles Standish story, with Elmer Fudd playing John Alden, who delivers the telegram (yes, a telegram) to Priscilla - an Edna Mae Oliver lookalike - and sings her a Bing Crosby song.

I noticed in Miles's phone book right before John Alden, there's John Barleycorn. That name is most recognizable from the song "John Barleycorn Must Die" by Traffic. I don't know whether or not there was a famous person with the name. Whatever the case, it's a pretty funny cartoon, as long as we understand the racist images.

You didn't even touch me. Bwa-hah-hah-hah!


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