A Shakespearian dog, tired of being a pie-in-the-face looney tune, quits Warner Brothers to study dramatic acting and goes to his country house to practice the bard. He finds that two ... See full summary »

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A Shakespearian dog, tired of being a pie-in-the-face looney tune, quits Warner Brothers to study dramatic acting and goes to his country house to practice the bard. He finds that two polite twin gophers have taken over his abode and angrily throws them out. They retaliate by violently heckling him in comical accordance with his Shakespeare speeches. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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A Ham in a Role (1949)'s date of release, Tuesday, December 13th, 1949, was also long time comedian, comical and drama actor, plus dancer, Dick Van Dyke's twenty-fourth birthday. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are two closing credits in this short, A Ham in a Role (1949). First closing credit, is ten seconds after opening credits concluded. Second closing credits: shortly after Mac & Tosh, ("The Goofy Gophers" and very polite) got a horse to kick the dog out of its home and right back to the Warner Brothers' animation studio that it had just resigned from. The opening and closing credits show it is a Merrie Melodies' cartoon. Just before the dog signs a resignation page, the first closing credit sign, shows it as if a Looney Tune cartoon has just completely been made, or played, at Warner Brothers' theatre studio. See more »

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Followed by I Gopher You (1954) See more »

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Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major
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Music by Franz Liszt
Played when the Dog recites Romeo and Juliet
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Gotta love that dog
2 October 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Funny Goofy Gophers short where the duo are upstaged by a dog who also happens to be a Shakespearean actor. The dog is the star of Warner Bros. cartoons where he has to do "low comedy" like taking a pie in the face. Feeling this is beneath his talents, he quits and retreats to his country home to study his Shakespeare. When he arrives at his house, he finds Mac and Tosh there and promptly throws them out. They react to this in the manner you might expect. An enjoyable cartoon for sure but mostly for the hilarious dog. Mac and Tosh are fun but less talky than usual. Since most of their appeal comes from their comically polite dialogue, it's not a great thing to have them speak less. Still, the dog is funny and I get the feeling Robert McKimson (directing the Gophers for the first time) was more interested in him than in the pair.


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