Back Alley Oproar (1948)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  27 March 1948 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Konzertaner Katzenjammer  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Written by Arthur A. Penn
Sung by the Female Cat
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--Simply one of the finest Warner Brothers cartoons ever--
18 November 2005 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

This is a prime example of a cartoon that is superior to its original inspiration. This is a remake of Friz Freling's "Notes To You" (with Porky Pig in Elmer's spot). Warners spent a good amount of their releases in the 1940's updating and colorizing old B & W classics in their catalog. Also, they often re-used old gags from other releases, of which this possesses several 'redone' bits.

However, what raises this cartoon to the level of classic is the inspiration that surrounds the reused material. Virtually all sung dialog drives the action as Sylvester leads a backyard cat concert for the suffering Elmer. The ultimate push for genius status goes to the sequence where Sylvester--fleeing Elmer--hands off his songbook to a strange tabby, who appears for all intents to be a chubby male. His transformation into an operatic soprano (just by flipping the songbook over!)is as inspired as any classic moment in the Warner canon.

The tragedy is that this cartoon missed out on TV immortality by just a few months. The TV deal that Warners struck made for all their cartoons produced before June 1948 to be sold into syndication ("Oproar" came out in March), and reserved the rest for what would become that Saturday morning staple, "The Bugs Bunny Show". Still, it has become a constant presence on the BOOMERANG network, so we should be grateful.

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