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The Shooting of Dan McGoo (1945)

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This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out ... See full summary »



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Uncredited cast:
Lou (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
Wolf / Bartender (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Droopy (voice) (uncredited)


This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out to be Droopy, it turns into another Droopy-versus-the Wolf gagfest. Written by Michael Brooke <>

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Release Date:

14 April 1945 (USA)  »

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The Shooting of Dan McGoo  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The title is based on the 1907 narrative poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" by Robert W. Service that takes place in a Yukon saloon during the Yukon Gold Rush of the late 1890s. See more »


Bartender: [standing in front of a painting of a woman, obscuring the view of her supposedly naked torso] You might as well keep moving, Doc. I don't move from here all through the picture.
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Referenced in He's Just Not That Into You (2009) See more »


The Red, White and Blue
aka "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean"
Music by David T. Shaw
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Avery Improves On His Original - This Is One Of The Best Cartoons Ever Made
12 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a remake from another cartoon Tex Avery had done earlier at another studio. That short was called "Dangerous Dan McFoo." Both that one and this one, as stated in the cartoon's opening, are "based upon 'The Shooting Of Dan McGrew' from 'The Spell Of the Yukon and Other Verses' by Robert W. Service."

This cartoon has an edge to it the previous didn't have, right in the opening scene were we see a sign stating the town is called "Coldernell" That that fast and you'll get my drift. Seconds later we see the gallows announcing a double-header and then a little noose for kids!

The first saloon scene where "a bunch of the boys are shooting it up" was fantastic and kudos to the restoration team to worked on this "Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection." It was scenes like this that make you appreciate how good these cartoons look.

This was an outstanding effort and certainly better than Avery's first cartoon about this story (which also was good). Of course, he had six more years of animated experience so it is no surprise this one topped the original. I can't say enough good things about this: the dialog, the humor and the artwork are all spectacular.

I don't mean to overly gush, but this is one of the best cartoons I have ever seen - period, and I've seen hundreds of them.

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