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The Million Dollar Cat (1944)

Tom inherits $1,000,000 from an eccentric aunt on the condition that he not harm any living thing - even a mouse. And guess which mouse keeps following him around and pointing this out to him?
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William Hanna ...
Tom (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Tom inherits $1,000,000 from an eccentric aunt on the condition that he not harm any living thing - even a mouse. And guess which mouse keeps following him around and pointing this out to him?

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14 April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Million Dollar Cat  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

After Jerry eats the breakfast, he jumps on the butter knife and the butter hits Tom in the face. In the next shot after the butter hits Tom, the butter is back on the dish. Then in the shot when Jerry watches Tom blowing out steam, the butter us gone. Then when Tom is tearing up the telegram, the silverware, butter, and the lemon are all gone. When Jerry digs for the shred that says "even a mouse," the lemon and the butter knife are back. Then when Tom loses his temper and attacks Jerry, the lemon, butter knife, and the dish that the lemon was on are all gone. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Tom: Gee, I'm throwin' away a million dollars. But I'm happy!
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Connections

Followed by Part Time Pal (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Boola Boola
(uncredited)
Written by Allan M. Hirsch
Adapted from "La Hoola Boola"
Written by Bob Cole and Billy Johnson
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Money Can't Buy Tom's Happiness
11 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom gets interrupted from playing William Tell with darts (with Jerry being the poor victim with the apple on his head) when he gets a telegram stating his "eccentric Aunt Harriet" died and has left him a million dollars!

Jerry is all excited, too, as happy as Tom. How could that be? Well, points to the bottom of the telegram, which Tom didn't see. It said "all benefits will cease should the cat bring harm to any living thing EVEN A MOUSE."

Tom makes all the headlines in the New York City papers as he marches his way to a penthouse on Park Avenue. (Jerry has a mouse hole with a veranda on top that says, 1/2 Park Ave. He wears a top hat, tails, gloves, etc., too!)

However, as the story unfolds we get the message that "money doesn't buy happiness." Jerry hogs most of Tom's luxury items and food and each time the cat is ready to kill the mouse, Jerry pulls out the telegram reminding him he can't. It's driving Tom nuts. In the end, well, he'd rather be poor and happy by beating the crap out of Jerry.

In all, I would label it slightly below-par, laugh-wise. It looks like one of the earliest Tom and Jerry animated shorts. The artwork is not up to par and it just has a primitive feel to it.


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