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Porky's Baseball Broadcast (1940)

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It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the ... See full summary »

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It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the catcher's a fast-talking turtle. The Giant's pitcher is literally a giant. And of course, as with any New York-Boston matchup, the Giants win. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The onscreen copyright statement incorrectly lists the year 1940 with Roman numerals "MCMXXXX" instead of the correct MCMXL. Four of the same letters in a row is not permitted in the rules governing the Roman numerals. See more »

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the days before ESPN
24 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I've always noticed that during their first few years, the Looney Tunes cartoons were sort of like the Marx Brothers' movies with the kinds of gags that they pulled. "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" actually features the famously stuttering swine in more of a supporting role, as he narrates a baseball game in which every crazy thing possible happens: American Indians are the scalpers (not PC anymore), one of the players literally stretches, and a ball is truly a screamer.

As far as I can tell, Friz Freleng and the rest of the Termite Terrace crowd - to paraphrase Cyndi Lauper - just wanted to have fun with their work. This one is pretty funny; in fact, if you've seen enough Looney Tunes cartoons, you can probably guess what will happen just by Porky's narration. Some of the gags were later used in "Baseball Bugs".

PS: writer Ben Hardaway drew Bugs Bunny's prototype. Hardaway's nickname was Bugs, and he titled the drawing "Bugs' Bunny". So, they dropped the apostrophe, and the wascawwy wabbit was born.


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