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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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as far as I'm concerned, any classic cartoon featuring "Hungarian Rhapsody" deserves full recognition
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I've always found it neat when classic cartoons play famous songs to move the action along, and Friz Freleng's "Rhapsody in Rivets" adds to that. This is one of the many instances* (it may have been the first one, in fact) where they play Franz Liszt's inimitable "Hungarian Rhapsody #2". In this case, a construction foreman conducts/instructs the builders to that tune as they erect a skyscraper...with a surprise at the end.

The Academy's decision to not give this cartoon an Oscar was matched only by their decision to not give "The Shawshank Redemption" any Oscars. It's one of the all-time classics and one that I recommend to everyone. Among other things, it goes to show that a cartoon doesn't need dialog to be great; as a matter of fact, that makes it easier for people in other countries to understand. Available as a special feature on "The Bride Came C.O.D." DVD.

*Other Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons that play that song are "Rhapsody Rabbit", "Back Alley Oproar", "Wise Quackers" and "What's Up, Doc?". Many years later, Daffy Duck and Donald Duck played it in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".


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