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Release Date:
30 July 1948 (USA) See more »
Donald is caught in the rain while eating his lunch. He ducks into a restaurant for a cup of coffee... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack King (direction)
Writing credits
Dan MacManus (story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animation (as Ed Aardal)
Paul Allen .... animation
Jack Boyd .... animation
Merle Cox .... background artist
Don Griffith .... layout
Fred Kopietz .... animation
Emery Hawkins .... animator (uncredited)
Don Towsley .... animator (uncredited)
Other crew
Eric Leblanc .... Translator French Subtitles TV (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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7 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Continuity: The bill adds up to $33.99, not $35.99. For that matter, the tax rate is over 30%, but then, the waiter is evil.See more »
[Pierre has billed Donald for his own food he brought into the restaurant and leaves it on his table. He looks at it]
Donald Duck:Hey, you dropped something.
Pierre:That is your bill, monsieur.
Donald Duck:Oh, my bill?
[But then, he does a double take at it]
Donald Duck:My... BILL?
[He notices that the total amount comes to $35.99; he looks traumatized]
Donald Duck:Thirty-five dollars? Oh, outrageous!
[he points at his different food items]
Donald Duck:My sandwich! My pie!
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Donald in a courtroom drama., 4 May 2016
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA

This is not a bad little cartoon where Donald goes on trial for refusing to pay an exorbitant bill at a French cafe, where he only got one drop of coffee. But, he ate his own lunch there and the waiter charged him for the service. The judge sentences Donald to labor work and is forced to wash the dishes at the cafe for 10 days. But, the waiter got more than he was bargained for.

There isn't much comedy or action in this cartoon, but it's a little entertaining seeing Donald argue with the waiter at the restaurant and go on trial. With a narrator telling the story, this cartoon almost resembles a courtroom drama.

Grade B-

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