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A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947)

Bugs Bunny relates his early life in the Manhattan tenements and spotlights his encounter with a gang of canine toughs.

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The sycophantic newsreel reporter Lola Beverly wants Bugs Bunny's life story. The great Hollywood star tells of his humble beginnings in the tenements of Manhattan. We see poor Bugs terrorized by a gang of canine toughs led by a bullying bulldog who smokes a cigar and wears a derby and a turtleneck sweater. He's subjected to a cruel "dog pile on the rabbit," but our wily Bugs soon turns the tables on these toughs. Bugs subjects his main tormenter to pies in his face; a confusing performance in front of an Egyptian cigarette billboard; a fall from the top of a building; and an embarrassing entanglement in a series of clotheslines. Bugs Bunny finds his real saviors are Betty Smith and a book title calculated to win the heart of any New York bow-wow. Written by J. Spurlin

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Trivia

The title is a play on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," a coming-of-age novel set in early twentieth century Brooklyn. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: Eh, whatcha looking for?
Spike: I'm looking for a rabbit.
Bugs Bunny: Did he had long ears, a fuzzy tail, and hop around like this?
[Hops around]
Spike: Yeah, yeah. That's him.
Bugs Bunny: And is there a tough-looking mug chasing him, with a derby,
[Puts on Spike's derby]
Bugs Bunny: ... and a turtleneck sweater,
[Puts on Spike's sweater]
Bugs Bunny: ... and a big cigar,
[...]
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Referenced in The Looney Tunes Show: Best Friends (2011) See more »

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The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Monty C. Brice
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Also sung by Bugs Bunny while dancing his way down the street
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A straightforward and largely uninspired chase picture
3 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' starts out with a promising premise and then reverts to a straightforward and largely uninspired chase picture. Opening as a Celebrity Lives TV show which interviews Bugs Bunny about his early years, 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' virtually abandons this idea immediately for a chase between Bugs and a tough street dog. Although this is meant to take place during Bugs's formative years, there's really nothing to distinguish it from the average Bugs Bunny cartoon. There's a few nice little moments here and there but 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' is nothing special at all. Robert McKimson would take a better (if not entirely successful) stab at Bugs's life story in 'What's Up Doc?', which at least ran with its original concept instead of lapsing into predictable antics which render the opening sequence entirely insignificant.


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