20 user 3 critic

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.


(as Charles M. Jones)


(story) (as Ted Pierce)

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A spoof of Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer", a strict piano teaching owl is cursed with a son who "loves to singa", but only jazz.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Tommy Bond, Johnnie Davis
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Three pigs' career as a jazz band is complicated by a wolf they rejected for membership who keeps blowing down their gigs.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Stan Freberg
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Daffy Duck has a dream in which he is Duck Twacy, a detective forced to fight an army of grotesque villians.

Directors: Robert Clampett, Michael Sasanoff
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Daffy Duck pitches to J.L. Warner a starring role with himself in a ridiculously over the top swashbuckler film.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Making fun of "Fantasia", Bugs, Porky Pig and Porky's dog do a ballet after Elmer Fudd introduces "A Tale of the Vienna Woods."

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bulldog, charmed by a kitten, tries to keep her hidden from his human guardian.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Bugs, the Wolf and bobby-soxer Red chase each other around while Grandma is off working at Lockheed aircraft.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Billy Bletcher
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The very first cartoon in Warner Bros. popular Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner series of cartoons. This one has the Coyote chasing the Roadrunner using a rather ingenious invention combining a fridge, a meat grinder, ice cubes, and skis.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian
Scaredy Cat (1948)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Porky and Sylvester spend the night in an old dark house, whose horrors only Sylvester sees. His repeated attempts to save Porky from the ghoulish doings of the killer mice infesting the ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Bugs is tricked into being the first rabbit shot into space. When he lands on the moon he finds Commander X-2 (later known as Marvin Martian) set to blow up planet Earth.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg
Book Revue (1946)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The ultimate Warner Brothers "books come to life" cartoon. Parodies and caricatures of Harry James, Frank Sinatra, 'Benny Goodman', Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, 'Jimmy Durante' and, in a wild ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Elmer Fudd walks out of a typical Bugs cartoon, so Bugs gets back at him by disturbing Elmer's sleep using "nightmare paint."

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan


Uncredited cast:
Dora Standpipe (uncredited)
Dan Backslide / telegraph boy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce ...
Tom Dover (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet ...
Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
Marjorie Tarlton ...
Various (voice) (uncredited)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

university | spoof | rescue | cad | brother | See All (47) »


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dover Boys  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Chuck Jones made his first attempt at experimenting with the traditional cartoon format and layout with this cartoon. He later said that Warner Bros. 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 release orders for its shorts. See more »


Narrator: Out and away the most popular fellows at Pimento U. are the three Dover Boys: Tom, the fun-loving member of the trio; Dick, a serious lad of 18 summers, plus a winter in Florida - as related in "The Dover Boys in the Everglades"; and Larry, the youngest of the three jerks... er, brothers.
See more »


In My Merry Oldsmobile
Music by Gus Edwards
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of the all time great Merrie Melodie cartoons...
29 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not only that, but in my opinion also one of the greatest cartoons of all time. The animation is wonderful, so colourful and vibrant in the background art and colours and in terms of character designs The Dover Boys at Pimento University also excels with that for Dan Backslide standing out.

The music has always been a delight in the Merrie Melodie cartoons, and The Dover Boys at Pimento University is no exception. It sparkles with energy, and I loved the use of William Tell. The story is engaging, fast-paced and really works as a spoof of the Rover Boys, and the characters, Dan Backslide especially, are some of Merrie Melodies' most unique and memorable.

Where The Dover Boys at Pimento University really shines is in the writing. The dialogue is witty with a hint of subtlety and absolutely hilarious right from the narrator's sardonic yet dynamic narration to Dan Backslide's scheming and "Confound those ponies, they drive me to drink". Also wonderful are the sight gags, not just Dan Backslide's very unique way at kidnapping Dainty Dora but also the fact that Dainty Dora is screaming for help while also giving Dan Backslide a hard time.

Voice work is simply terrific. Mel Blanc's Dan Backslide is hardly what I call subtle, this said that doesn't stop me from thinking this was one of his best vocal performances though Blanc was an outstanding and very consistent voice actor. John McLeish's vocals as the narrator is wittily delivered while never feeling overdone. Ted Pierce was another fine voice actor, and he is as solid as ever.

All in all, truly outstanding and one of the best. 10/10 Bethany Cox

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best Cartoon Ever Made vinnie_gognitti

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: