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Back Alley Oproar (1948)

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Sylvester sings opera and popular tunes while standing on a back alley fence; Elmer, who wants to sleep, tries to thwart him.


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Credited cast:
Sylvester (voice)


A weary Elmer Fudd retires to bed with hopes for a good night's sleep, but his slumber is disrupted by the incessant singing of Sylvester Cat, who is perched atop a fence beneath Elmer's window. Fudd resorts to increasingly violent methods to try to silence the pesky feline. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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singing | fence | alum | dynamite | stairs | See more »






Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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To silence Sylvester, who is "singing" late at night, Elmer heaves a book at him, which Sylvester promptly throws back. The book Elmer tosses is titled "The Thin Man". The book Sylvester throws back is titled "Return of the Thin Man". See more »


After Sylvester puts Elmer to bed after singing him a lullaby only to wake him up again with a loud one-man band display, he escapes out a door with Elmer chasing him. When Sylvester goes out the door, the door knob is on the right side of the door, but when Elmer reaches the door, the door knob is on the left. See more »


Elmer Fudd: [has Sylvester at gunpoint] Now I've got you, and I'm gonna wub you out compwetwy.
Sylvester: Now just a minute, my fine feathered friend. Ain't you got no aesthetic sense? No ear for musical appreciation?
Elmer Fudd: No, and I'm gonna bwow you to smitheweens.
Sylvester: [singing] Go to sleep, go to sleep...
Elmer Fudd: [getting sleepy] Stop it.
Sylvester: ...shut your big, blood-shot eyes...
Elmer Fudd: Now you stop that.
[falls asleep]
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Remake of Notes to You (1941) See more »


from "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Words by Salvatore Cammarano
Sung by Sylvester's Nine Lives
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tickle me Elmer
27 November 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In what seems to have been the only pairing of Elmer Fudd and Sylvester the Cat, the former tries to get some sleep, but the latter keeps singing and keeping him awake. While Elmer keeps trying to go after Sylvester - often pretty violently - Sylvester is always ahead of him. "Back Alley Oproar" is, if nothing else, an example of the great results when certain characters co-star. Those guys behind the Looney Tunes cartoons were never afraid to come up with any wacky thing that they wanted. I'll admit that I figured out what was going to happen at the very end before it came, but the rest of the cartoon more than made up for that. Really funny.

Grease and nails...what a combo.

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