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", date of release, (Tuesday), December 13th, 1949, was comical & drama actor Dick Van Dyke's 24th birthday. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just before the dog signs the resignation page and leaves Warner Brothers' animation studio, a block of eleven ballerina dance steps, (in front of and just below the dog's head height) is pulled across it, almost making it appear as if the dog was dancing, while it was sitting down. See more »

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Followed by Pests for Guests (1955) See more »

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You Don't Know How Much You Can Suffer
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Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played when the Dog first speaks and knocks pies out of his ear
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torment is such sweet sorrow
19 April 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

When I saw "Lumber Jerks" a few months ago and then read about the Goofy Gophers in the book "That's All Folks: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation", I was surprised that those guys had their own series of cartoons and yet I'd never heard of them before. So, I've finally seen another one of their cartoons, and I liked it better than the previous one. "A Ham in a Role" has those most effeminate members of the genus Citellus tormenting a snobbish Shakespearean actor dog who left Warner Bros. (they never miss a chance to advertise themselves, do they?) to stick with serious roles. Specifically, they terrorize him based on his lines from the Bard's plays ("A rose by any other name..." becomes an excuse for Limburger cheese).

Yeah, it's just nice, silly entertainment. But I saw it as a special feature on the "My Dream Is Yours" DVD, and this cartoon is easily the best part (it's practically a guarantee that any Doris Day movie totally sucks). So check it out; and if you watch "MDIY", skip to the Bugs Bunny scene, and the movie won't totally suck.


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