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Curtain Razor (1949)

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Porky Pig is a talent agent auditioning various corn ball performers. A fox keeps interrupting and promising Porky the act of the century. Unfortunately, the act is fatal and can only be ... See full summary »

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Porky Pig / Grasshopper / Turtle / Al Jolson / Janitor / Dog / Flea Circus Dog (voice)
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Porky Pig is a talent agent auditioning various corn ball performers. A fox keeps interrupting and promising Porky the act of the century. Unfortunately, the act is fatal and can only be done once. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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21 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Näyttämön neropatti  »

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While Porky Pig looks over characters and judges their talents, an unnamed wolf wants to be first, But Porky Pig's rules are strict and he tells the wolf to wait for when his time comes. When the unnamed wolf's time occurs, he commits suicide, and Porky Pig gives him first place. A similar suicidal scene is featured in the closing scene of Show Biz Bugs (1957), but this time by Daffy Duck. See more »

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Turtle: I am known as The Man with a Thousand Voices. Shall I do my stuff?
Porky: Yes, go right ahead.
[the turtle proceeds to do many different voices, including Bugs Bunny, before stopping in exhaustion]
Porky: But that was only nine hundred and ninety-nine voices.
Turtle: Shucks, I know I've got another one... well, I'll think of it.
[leaves the office]
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Edited into Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983) See more »

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Music by John F. Barth
Performed by Flea Circus
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It's structure is both a strength and it's weakness
27 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Porky Pig is a talent agent with a whole range of potential stars queued up outside his office just looking for their big break. However, a pushy manager keeps breaking into his office and pushing his own act, making it difficult for Porky to see the others there to audition.

Porky Pig is not a great character when he is by himself, usually he needs a good partner to really make a short film work. Here he has no direct partner but the film is structured to be a series of auditions that Porky watches. In this regard the film is both good and bad; when the auditions are funny then the cartoon works pretty well. However others are not as good and it feels surprisingly episodic (considering it is a short!) and not that great.

Like I say, I'm not convinced that Porky can carry a film by himself and, on the basis of this, it doesn't matter what you do with him he can't. In fairness he has almost nothing to do here apart from watch and occasionally say the odd amusing line. The support characters vary moment to moment, but there are a few good spoofs in there. The final act is OK but not as funny a punchline as I think the writers thought.

Overall this is an average cartoon; it seems very broken up with some of it working and other bits not working as well. Porky is poor here with nothing for him to really do but generally that is the story of many of the characters. Amusing enough as long as you don't expect belly laughs.


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