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Rhapsody in Rivets (1941)

A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper, musically.

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At a busy urban construction site, an appreciative crowd of gawkers watches the foreman use the building plans as his score and conduct the workmen in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, a symphony of riveting, hammering, sawing, and more. The workmen are dogs in human clothes. Elevators, picks, shovels, and a steam shovel are instruments in music making and construction. As the clock nears 5:00 PM, the crew works furiously, and the Umpire State Building rises toward the clouds. With the pennant planted at the top and the work completed, the foreman takes a bow. Droopy leaves last, closing the door behind him. Is the rhapsody over or are there still a few bars to play? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Rhapsody in Rivets (1941)'s background was a musical composition of Franz Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody that was in two later shorts, Bugs Bunny's Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Cat Concerto (1947) that won an Academy Award. See more »


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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Music by Franz Liszt
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12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very odd but fun cartoon short that was nominated for an Academy Award. It shows a bunch of dogs that act like humans constructing a building. The foreman comes out and has them play like a symphony while building! This leads to countless sight gags as the dogs construct a mammoth building in record time. No dialogue--just the music which is "Hungarian Rhapsode #2". Bright, cheerful, fast-moving Merrie Melody. TCM shows this every once in a while and their print is in pristine shape. The music is loud and the colors are so bright and vivid that they pop out at you. Also there is a character from other 1940s cartoon in this. He's a small dog with a terminally depressed expression. He has a hand in the ending. Well worth catching.


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