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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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Uncredited cast:
Daffy Duck / Mr. Meek (voice) (uncredited)


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 <>

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1 May 1943 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


[last lines]
Daffy Duck: [in the oven] Say, now you're cooking with gas.
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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Daffy Duck as "Jeanie with the Light Brown Feathers"
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What's With All The Kissing?
10 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A question before discussing this cartoon: why, in cartoons back then, did these characters like Daffy and Bugs Bunny, always kiss their adversaries on the lips then run away? Is that supposed to be funny? Was that a standard gag in those days? It looks stupid and gets annoying. Daffy does it a half dozen times here, and Bugs did it frequently. By the mid 1940s, you stopped seeing it in the cartoons.

I wonder if "Mr. Meek" was a caricature of actor Donald Meek, a good classic-era comedian who looked the part of a small, very timid man. In this early Daffy Duck cartoon, "Mr. Meek" has to go kill a duck or his wife, "Sweety Puss" will cook HIS goose, or so he says.

Of course, who know who first sees first: Daffy, and Daffy is too smart to let this guy chop his head off. Our favorite cartoon duck puts on a funny act, pretending to have his head chopped off and poor Mr. Meek goes away sobbing. He's no killer, and Daffy takes advantage of his compassion by beating the man home (how did he know where the man lived?) and tormenting him further at his residence, trashing part of his house, too. Daffy goes insane, which is what he does best!

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