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The Riveter (1940)

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Construction foreman Pegleg Pete has just fired his riveter; Donald comes by and takes the job, despite a lack of experience and an initial fear of heights, and makes a mess of things.


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Uncredited cast:
Pegleg Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)


Dodgy construction foreman Pegleg Pete has just fired his riveter. Donald is in need of a job, so he pretends to be experienced and gets it, lacking any competitor. Even the open elevator on the every skyscraper is enough to make Donald sickeningly dizzy, high up the roofless top-floor without railings the work is spooky, but the boss keeps coming up to keep a close eye on him. The damned riveting machine has its own will and much more strength then any duck: it ends up dragging the duck on a wild ride. Greenhorn Donald must also 'serve' lunch, an equilibrium nightmare while the riveting colleagues work their seismic vibes, till short-tempered Pete... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

15 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aku niittaajana  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pete: [calls up to Donald] Hey you! Get to work!
Donald Duck: Ah, shut up.
Pete: [immediately pops up behind him] What was that?
Donald Duck: Um, heh heh, hi, boss.
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Edited into Down and Out with Donald Duck (1987) See more »

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Building a Building but with Donald Duck
27 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just like Building a Building is one of Mickey Mouse's finest cartoons, The Riveter is likewise for Donald Duck. The animation is bright and crisp, like the best animation of this particular era for Disney, while the music is energetic and characterful, enhancing the action as it should do. The story is similar to Building a Building, but the way The Riveter is told it is never derivative of it, plus the cartoon has not a dull spot. But what The Riveter succeeds most are in the characters and gags. Pete always was a his best as a foil to Mickey and Donald, and helped by the inspired rapport with Donald The Riveter is no exception. Donald makes the cartoon work, still as easily frustrated yet likable as ever. The action and gags are numerous and every moment is very funny, especially the rivet sequence, Pete and Donald manning up to each other and Donald's unnerved reactions to the sound of the rivet gun. Overall, simply great, beautifully animated and lots of fun. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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