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The Wise Quacking Duck (1943)

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An exceedingly mild-mannered man is sent out to kill a duck for dinner by his wife. Unfortunately for him, he picks Daffy Duck as his victim. The two face off and do battle for the remainder of the cartoon.

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Daffy Duck / Mr. Meek (voice) (uncredited)
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The aptly named Mr. Meek is sent by Sweety Puss to kill Daffy for dinner. Daffy escape the hatchet, and hides behind a haystack, squirting ketchup for blood and making dying noises. Mr. Meek sees through this, and chases Daffy into the house. Inside the house, there's a lot of chasing, Daffy does a striptease, and faced down a shotgun twice. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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When dressed as a fortune teller, Daffy is imitating comedian Jerry Colonna. He even begins with one of Colonna's signature lines: "Greetings, Gate. Let's osculate." See more »

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Daffy Duck: [Mr. Meek pulls a gun on him a second time] No, no! Not twice in the same picture!
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It Had to Be You
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Music by Isham Jones
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Cook the goose, and then imitate Barbarella
20 December 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Once again, a dimwit unsuccessfully tries to do away with Daffy Duck. In this case, soft-spoken Mr. Meek has to cook a duck for dinner or his wife will cook his goose (heh, heh). Some of the gags here have appeared in so many cartoons that I easily predicted them (namely the one about lumps). But the highlight here is Daffy's striptease; it reminded me of what Jane Fonda did at the beginning of "Barbarella". If we in the 21st century find that scene wacky, just imagine how it must have looked to moviegoers in 1943! Anyway, this is a true display of Daffy's talent back when his first name actually described his personality (it was after WWII when he became a sociopath under Chuck Jones's direction). OK, so we could also be cynical and say that Bob Clampett gave Daffy a too vulnerable rival, and so Daffy didn't have to do all that he could. Well, I still say that "The Wise Quacking Duck" is a really funny cartoon. And I don't think that any live-action actor would have dared do that striptease.


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