Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.
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Tom is excited when the postman brings a package; it's the Random Mouse book "How to Catch a Mouse." Tom tries each chapter in succession: locating the mouse, the basic trap, the snare, being scientific, and preying on the mouse's curiosity. At each turn, Jerry uses the chapter's information better than Tom, so Tom turns to brute force: a mallet, a bear trap, a double-barreled shotgun, and a mountain of explosives. By the end, will the cat or the mouse have earned his eternal heavenly reward? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 October 1944 (USA)  »

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Co-directors, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, deserved seven Best Short of the Year Oscars. In order, 1st: The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943). 2nd: Mouse Trouble (1944). 3rd: Quiet Please! (1945). 4th: The Cat Concerto (1947). 5th: The Little Orphan (1948). 6th: The Two Mouseketeers (1951). 7th: Johann Mouse (1952). See more »

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[Tom corners Jerry and then consults his book for advice - A CORNERED MOUSE NEVER FIGHTS. Tom uses this knowledge to attack... and gets thrashed and bruised by Jerry]
Tom: [said very slow] Don't you believe it!
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Lord and Lady Gate
Written by Don Raye (as Raye) and Gene de Paul (as DePaul)
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This Had The Feel Of A Roadrunner Cartoon
10 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's pretty sad when a cat has to send away for a book entitled, "How To Catch A Mouse," but that's what poor Tom did. By the way, the publisher of the book is "Random Mouse."

This cartoon reminded me early on of a Road Runner episode. The difference is that Tom plays Wile E. Coyote and Jerry is the elusive Road Runner. No matter what trap Tom sets, Jerry figures a way to beat it....or the trap backfires in predictable manner.

Yes, half the gags were too predictable but it was still entertaining and it did offer a few new wrinkles....like a windup Mae West doll which provides all the laughs in the final minute and is very original material.


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