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6 December 1941 (USA) See more »
A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper, musically. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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as far as I'm concerned, any classic cartoon featuring "Hungarian Rhapsody" deserves full recognition See more (8 total) »

Directed by
Friz Freleng  (as I. Freleng)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Maltese  story

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gil Turner .... animator
Ken Champin .... animator (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator (uncredited)
Robert Givens .... character designer (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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7 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
as far as I'm concerned, any classic cartoon featuring "Hungarian Rhapsody" deserves full recognition, 4 September 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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