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Bowery Bugs (1949)

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When Steve Brodie jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 he needed a rabbit's foot for good luck. He wanted one of Bugs'.



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Complete credited cast:
Bugs Bunny / Old Man / Little Pool Hall Man (voice)


Bugs Bunny tells an old man the story of Steve Brodie, who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 and survived. Brodie was a down-on-his luck gambler, who decided to get himself a rabbit's foot for good luck. Happening upon Bugs, Brodie is instead convinced by the cagey rabbit that he needs a different type of good luck charm. Unfortunately for Brodie, each suggestion by Bugs results in more bad lack for the Irishman. Finally driven crazy by the site of Bugs in so many disguises, the goofy gambler takes his plunge off the bridge. At the end the old man, satisfied by the story, agrees to buy the Brooklyn Bridge from Bugs! Written by Mike Konczewski

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4 June 1949 (USA)  »

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Bowery Bugs  »

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1.37 : 1
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When asked when he was born Brody says he doesn't remember. Brodie in real life was born on July 23. This makes his correct zodiac sign Cancer, which is located just to the right of "Lobo" [sic], the selected incorrect sign on Bugs' spin wheel. See more »


[first lines]
Bugs Bunny: This is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. 133 feet high, 1,500 feet long. Contains hundreds of miles of cable. From it, Steve Brody made his sensational leap into the East River.
Old Man: [chuckling] What in tarnation did he do that for?
Bugs Bunny: I'm glad you asked that, friend. It happened in 1886, when Steve Brody had a terrific run of luck...
Bugs Bunny: ... all bad! Then one day, an idea - he needed a good luck charm. But what? Right, a rabbit's foot! But where to find a rabbit in the big city? Nope, ...
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References Duck Soup (1933) See more »


Frankie and Johnny
Music by Bert Leighton
Played when Bugs rolls the dice and plays the slots
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A funny Bugs Bunny cartoon
10 November 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A funny Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Arthur Davis, and with the talents of Billy Bletcher (Steve Brody); and note that this short is the only Bugs Bunny directed by Arthur Davis.

I love the scene where Steve thinks everyone in town is turning into rabbits and jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge; which is the end of the flashback portion of the cartoon, it is hilarious stuff. Another scene I love, is when Steve visits the "Swami Rabbitina" to help him with his luck streak, after Bugs gives him the Swami's business card, and we heard a voice saying:

"Enter, Oh seeker of knowledge" (WHOMP!)


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