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Daffy Duck is desperate to elude the draft board respresentative bearing his conscription order.



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Daffy's flag-waving patriotic fervor is stopped cold when he gets an unexpected visit from the little man from the Draft Board. The duck's frenzied attempts to escape from or eliminate his egg-headed nemesis culminate in a rocket ride which, instead of taking him to the heavens, sends him to the other place. Written by Paul Penna <>

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27 January 1945 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The "Little Man From the Draft Board" was based upon the famous radio character of Mr. Peavey, a supporting character on "The Great Gildersleeve" played by 'Richard LeGrand (I)'. His famous catchphrase was, "I wouldn't say that." See more »


Daffy Duck: [singing] From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli / Hear those bells of freedom ringing - Oh, no, it's just the phone for me.
[answers telephone]
Daffy Duck: Hello? Yes, this is Daffy Duck. You say you have a letter for me from the President? You'll bring it right over? Oh, you're the little man from the draft board. Gee, thanks.
[resumes singing]
Daffy Duck: Oh, the little man from the draft board is coming to see me. Oh, the... d-d-d-d-d - The man from the draft board? Oh ho-ho! Yipe!
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Referenced in Family Guy: When You Wish Upon a Weinstein (2003) See more »


It Had to Be You
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Daffy Duck as "It Had to Be Me"
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Daffy A Chicken At Heart
17 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Daffy is reading today's paper which says, "U.S. Army announces a smashing frontal attack on enemy rear." He suddenly gets a surge of patriotism, racing around the room and waving a flag, imitating Teddy Roosevelt, singing patriot songs, saluting a picture of Douglas MacArthur and on and on.

Suddenly the phone rings and it's the draft board calling to say they are bringing him a notice. Wow, Mr. Patriot has a change of heart and now starts crooning, "It had to be me....poor me," sobbing big tears. His knees start shaking and he loses it - so much for bravado and patriotism!

I have to admit; Daffy doing everything he can to avoid being drafted sure reminds me of stories I used to hear in the late '60s concerning guys trying to get out of the Vietnam War. Daffy would have fit in with those guys. I laughed at the rocket ship on his roof with the billboard underneath that said, "Use in case of induction only."

Daffy still had that stupid laugh he had the first decade of his existence but you can see he's changing into the real wise guy he was in the '50s cartoons.

The direction in this cartoon from Robert Clampett is fantastic, so good it was more than noticeable, such as the angles in which we see Daffy racing around the house, trying to avoid the man from the draft board. The confetti-like sparks denoting speed was fun to see, too.

In all, an extremely entertaining and colorful cartoon.

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