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The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942)

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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Dora Standpipe (uncredited)
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Dan Backslide / telegraph boy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish ...
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Tedd Pierce ...
Tom Dover (voice) (uncredited)
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Marjorie Tarlton ...
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A 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon depicting the exploits of the Dover Boys, Tom, Dick and Larry (of Pimento University), and their rescue of dainty Dora Standpipe (of Miss Cheddar's Female Academy) from the clutches of coward, bully, cad and thief Dan Backslide. Written by Anonymous

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Chuck Jones made his first attempt at experimenting with the traditional cartoon format and layout with this cartoon. He later said that Warner Brothers originally refused to release the film and threatened to fire him. Fortunately for him (and for animation history) the studio needed the cartoon to fill short release orders. See more »

Quotes

Dan Backslide: [after being thrown around the cabin by Dora] Help, Tom! Help, Dick! Help, Larry!
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Referenced in Space Jam (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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Still Hilarious 60+ Years Later
7 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This cartoon is underrated. The humor is subtle yet hilarious. My two kids love it so much that they will drop what they are doing whenever this comes on. The Dover Boys is a takeoff of the damsel-in-distress/Uncle Tom's Cabin scenario. The humor is in the characterizations such as Dan Backslide's unique way of kidnapping the girl or how the heroes ride their bicycles. Perhaps my family's sense of humor is different from most people. Too many contemporary cartoons rely on toilet humor and not something that is well written. But Chuck Jones and the people who gave us these classics will always have a soft spot in my heart. Their work is flawless and timeless. Whenever a show or cartoon crossovers generations without having to explain why, then the artist has done their job. They just don't make them like they use to.


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