A worm reminiscent of Jerry Colonna is lowered into the water and uses various guises to lure fish. He also tangles with a crab.


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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Wacky Worm / Jerry Colonna (voice) (uncredited)


A worm reminiscent of Jerry Colonna is lowered into the water and uses various guises to lure fish. He also tangles with a crab.

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Release Date:

15 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La buena carnada  »

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1.37 : 1
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The worm in this cartoon is a caricature of comedian Jerry Colonna. A regular on The Bob Hope Radio Show, Colonna's weekly greeting to Hope and the audience was, "Greetings, Gates!" See more »


Spoofs The Reluctant Dragon (1941) See more »


Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
Music by Raymond Scott
Played when the crab chases the Wacky Worm
Also played when they are fighting off-screen
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A must for every card-carrying member of the Jerry Colonna fan club.
22 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are a surviving member of the Jerry Colonna fan club (there are currently six), then this film is a must. If, on the other hand, you are among the 95% of the folks who have no idea WHO Mr. Colonna was, then it is not imperative you see the film--but it is a decent example of an early 40s Looney Tunes film.

Jerry Colonna was a mustachioed singer and comedian that worked mostly with Bob Hope on radio and followed him on his USO tours. He did a few small movie appearances and had a brief TV show. His trademarks were his mustache and huge big-eyed grin. He died in 1986. I've seen him a few times but not enough to really comment on his abilities.

The main character of this short is a worm that looks like Colonna (is THAT a complement?!). The worm is very bright and spends much of the film enticing and then catching fish for his master who is in the boat above. The antics are roughly like those of a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck cartoon and the film ends with a cartoon shot of the comedian (not in worm form).

There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the film's contents. It's middle of the road entertainment for the studio but somehow got Oscar nominated.

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