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A Pest in the House (1947)

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A sleepy man demands total quiet from hotel manager Elmer Fudd, but bellhop Daffy's noisy antics keep prompting the exasperated guest to sock Elmer in the face.


(as Charles M. Jones)


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Complete credited cast:
Daffy Duck / Drunk / Narrator (voice)


A sleepy man demands total quiet from hotel manager Elmer Fudd, but bellhop Daffy's noisy antics keep prompting the exasperated guest to sock Elmer in the face.

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2 August 1947 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Towards the end of the cartoon, when Elmer rings for Daffy, Daffy runs up to the front desk and says, "Yes, sir!" but his lips don't move. See more »


Daffy Duck: Yes, sir!
Elmer Fudd: [very fast] For vewy mewitorwious service, you are herewith pwomoted to the position of manager. Take over.
[Elmer and Daffy exchange uniforms just as the businessman comes down to hit the manager; instead of hitting Daffy, he hits Elmer instead]
Daffy Duck: Noisy little character, isn't he?
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Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
Music by J.R. Shannon
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a labor shortage...
19 February 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

At face value, "A Pest in the House" looks like the average wacky Looney Tunes cartoon, as bellboy Daffy Duck keeps awaking a sleepy guest who proceeds to punch clerk Elmer Fudd in the nose. But I notice something else. At the beginning, the narrator says that there was a labor shortage, so places would hire anyone...or anything (at which point we meet that famously loony member of the genus Anas*). This cartoon was released in 1947, the year of the Taft-Hartley Act. The Taft-Hartley Act cut off unions' power. Therefore, not only would a labor shortage have made sense, but one could say that they were hiring non-union labor in the form of Daffy Duck.

OK, I've gone irrevocably overboard in trying to analyze this cartoon. I'm sure that in reality, it was just intended as zany entertainment to get shown right before a feature film (and it is really funny). So check it out. And the next time that the phone rings, don't answer; it might be a fist (although in this age of text-messaging cell phones, we're probably safe).

*Anas is the genus to which ducks belong.

PS: the guest looks a little bit like Arthur Q. Bryan, who provided Elmer Fudd's voice. I don't know whether or not that was just a coincidence.

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