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

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short, Animation  |  19 September 1942 (USA)
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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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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)
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
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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 »

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[Dan Backslide notices a old car parked in front of the pool hall]
Dan Backslide: A runabout. I'll steal it! No one will ever know!
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Sweet Genevieve
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung with substitute lyrics
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Crackling funny parody of The Rover Boys
29 January 2011 | by (The Merry Olde Island of Long) – See all my reviews

"The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall" is a parody of "The Rover Boys Series" by Arthur M. Winfield - who in reality was Edward Stratemeyer, creator of Tom Swift, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and scores of other juvenile series books. The funny part is that the dialog in the cartoon would not be out of place in one of the original Rover Boys books.

The Rover Boys series consisted of 30 volumes written from 1899 to 1926. The series went on so long that the final 10 volumes were actually the adventures of the sons of the original Rover Boys! Tedd Pierce, the author of this cartoon, clearly had a knowledge of the wildly popular (in the day) Rover Boys series.

The Rover Boys were named Dick, Tom and Sam. Dick's love interest was Dora Stanhope and the boys enemy was Dan Baxter. In the cartoon the Dover Boys are named Tom, Dick and Larry, the girlfriend was Dora Standpipe and the bad guy was Dan Backslide.

Beautiful, soft focus animation and a witty script make this cartoon a real winner and unlike almost any other Merrie Melodies cartoon.


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