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A Hick a Slick and a Chick (1948)

A mouse named Elmo, who's a bit of a yokel, goes to beautiful Daisy Lou to woo her. However, he finds her with the slick Blackie.



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Complete credited cast:
Elmo the Mouse / Herman / Blackie (voice)


In this cartoon love triangle, a mouse named Daisy Lou has two suitors. One, Elmo, is a modest, scrawny, country mouse with yokel speech and mannerisms, while the other, Blackie, is a smug, suave, muscular sophisticate. When Blackie appears to have won Daisy Lou's affections with a mink stole, Elmo promises to obtain an ermine coat for her. He returns with a fur coat, which he presents to a grateful and adoring Daisy Lou. The fur is from a cat named Herman, whom Elmo thought was ermine and led on a chase around a table, which knocked Herman unconscious so that Elmo could remove a coat-shaped patch of fur. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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27 December 1948 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Arkansas Traveler
Music by Sanford Faulkner
Played when Elmo gives Daisy Lou flowers
Variation played when Elmo crosses the street through traffic
Also played when Elmo says he can get ermine
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Very unusual cartoon even for Art Davis, known for such unique stuff.
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short, which according to more recent info (I tried to correct the date) is from early 1948, is a Cinecolor short and makes unique use of the Popeye storyline with a country bumpkin mouse instead of the Popeye type (Warners themselves would use this for their live monkey short "Orange Blossoms For Violet" and their Daffy Duck cartoon, "Mussle Tussle"), with a mouse Elmo (Stan Freberg and Mel Blanc) planning on an ermine quest--but gets on the ermine in an unusual way...

Great three iris shot opening of the three mice, and use of "Rural Rhymthm", the old Hoosier Hot Shots novelty number. One of Warner Brothers last cartoons about sweetheart mice till Chuck Jones's "Mouse Warming". I noticed something these two have in common--more "sexy" girl mouse leads, a recurring musical theme ("Rural Rhythm" for "A Hick, A SLick, and a Chick", and "L'Amours, ToJours," for "Mouse Warming" (neither mentioned din their respective entries), the supporting appearance of famous WB cats in otherways nearly oneshot cartoons (Sylvetser, here, and Claude in the latter--Art Davis loved depicted Sylvester differently in terms of voice in this and "Cats as Cats Can", but, then this was an early effort of Sylvester) also this and "Mouse Warming" seem to to be the only use (not counting that one Speedy Gonzales shorts with him as a mouse Lothario whose stealing "senereeta mice" is discarded, to use teen or young adult mouse protagonists (though Blackie, the villain, is clearly adult!). BTW the names..the Hick-Elmo and Chick-Daisy Lou. Other sweetheart mouse characters in WB cartoons were either totally adult-type (Friz Freleng's Frankie and Johnny tribute from 1937 "He was her man" and Robert McKimson's Honeymousers) or totally cute kid like (Ironically Tex Avery's "squeaky" (Bernice Hansen voiced) mouse toons!).

And look for a special iris out, too.

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