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Nothing But the Tooth (1948)

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Porky Pig travels by horse-pulled, covered wagon to California to join in the 1848 Gold Rush and is ambushed by a diminutive, large-nosed, nasal-voiced, ever-so-polite Mohican with glasses,... See full summary »

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Porky Pig travels by horse-pulled, covered wagon to California to join in the 1848 Gold Rush and is ambushed by a diminutive, large-nosed, nasal-voiced, ever-so-polite Mohican with glasses, who wants to scalp the west-bound pig. Porky manages to elude the little Indian by ducking at appropriate times, donning a metal helmet, speedily horse-riding and canoeing. The Indian becomes caught in a salmon net and canned in a factory. Porky arrives in California, to find the only gold that he can extract from a mine is the golden tooth belonging to the Indian. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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the tooth is out there
7 September 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Nothing But the Tooth" probably seemed funnier back when people didn't recognize it as racist. It portrays Porky Pig going out to California to find gold, only to meet a nerdy Indian who wants to scalp him and stops at nothing to achieve this goal.

Yeah, so just as long as we understand that this is a demeaning portrayal of Native Americans, we can accept it (or can we?). I notice that the cartoon mentions Gene Autry - specifically how his horse would have sacrificed himself for his master - and Humphrey Bogart. Would six-year-old children have recognized those names in 1948? Worth seeing as a historical reference, if nothing else.


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