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You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Comedy | 18 May 1940 (USA)
Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

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Daffy Duck convinces an unwilling Porky Pig to quit his job with Leon Schlesinger. Why be a cartoon actor, Daffy says, when you can be leading man opposite Bette Davis? Schlesinger lets Porky go, but he is confident Porky will be back. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to get past the guard at the studio gate. He manages it by disguising himself as Oliver Hardy, but he has more trouble ahead. Meanwhile, Daffy tries to convince Schlesinger that he should take over Porky's starring roles. Daffy's scheme backfires when Porky returns to get his old job back. Written by J. Spurlin

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Trivia

Porky Pig disguises himself as Oliver Hardy. He also makes reference to Errol Flynn. Daffy Duck makes references to Bette Davis, Fred Astaire and Greta Garbo (pronouncing the last as "Greeta"). See more »

Goofs

Shadow of a camera can be seen on wall, while Porky Pig beats up Daffy Duck for revenge, off-screen, just after returning to Warner Brothers' animation studio and asks Leon Schlesinger of his contract. See more »

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[first lines]
Animator: Lunch!
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In the same frame as the opening WB shield, the copyright year (1940) is listed incorrectly as MCMXXXX, not MCMXL. See more »

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References The Telegraph Trail (1933) See more »

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Where Was I?
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Music by W. Franke Harling
Played during the waltz scene on the sound stage
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Hilarious and unique!
11 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a brilliant cartoon, mixing animation with live action. The result is one of my all time favourite Looney Tunes cartoons. Leon Schlesinger is great as himself, and Daffy is enormous fun as he tricks Porky into entering the movie business. But really it is Porky's picture, I particularly loved the part when he smuggled himself in disguised as Oliver Hardy. The animation is excellent and doesn't jar with the live action sequences. The music is lovely, and there is a wonderful script that the toons and the actors do a great job with. While it is a tad predictable, the story works wonderfully as a Hollywood satire, and the references to Greta Garbo and Errol Flynn, all to name a few, were well done. As well as voicing Daffy and Porky, Mel Blanc plays a stagehand and a security guard, and these are roles he excels in.

My favourite bit? I don't know. Daffy murdering Largo Al Factotum in an attempt to gain Porky's former position with Schlesinger growing visibly irritated was one, and the part with Porky's confrontation with Schlesinger was quite poignant. All in all, as a cartoon You Ought To Be in Pictures is hilarious and unique. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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