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Back Alley Oproar (1948)

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)
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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 <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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singing | fence | stairs | book | dynamite | See All (24) »


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27 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Konzertaner Katzenjammer  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

You Never Know Where You're Goin' Till You Get There
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Sylvester
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Looney Tunes and opera- what a perfect combination!
10 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love opera and I love Looney Tunes, so when I heard of Back Alley Oproar, I thought after the wonderful What's Opera Doc and Rabbit of Seville, this is yet another perfect match made in heaven. And so it was. The animation is very good, with lovely backgrounds and the characters are well drawn. The story may be formulaic at first glance but it works really well. Where Back Alley Oproar really works though is in the music, it is outstanding and put to hilarious use. It is not everyday you hear Sylvester singing "Largo Al Factotum", Elmer getting increasingly tormented by Sylvester, and all those cats in heaven singing the Lucia Di Lamermoor sextet. The latter was hilarious especially. Sylvester is on top form here, one of my favourite performances of his, while Elmer is a perfect match for him. And as usual, Mel Blanc is absolutely fantastic, his singing voice here is brilliant. Overall, a complete delight and hilarious. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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