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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 ... 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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13 December 1949 (USA)  »

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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

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 Tease for Two (1965) See more »

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Poet and Peasant Overture
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Music by Franz von Suppé
Played when the Dog recites Hamlet
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Brush up your Shakespeare canine style
11 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you love The Goofy Gophers, you'll like A Ham in a Role just as much. A Ham in a Role is not quite as good in my view, but it's still thoroughly enjoyable. The animation is beautifully drawn and lusciously coloured, giving the cartoon a cosy and elegant old-fashioned charm. The music has so much character and verve, and I shall always admire how the Looney Tunes cartoons are orchestrated and how the instrumentation blends. The writing is irreverent, done in a way that makes Shakespeare still sound so fresh, and the gags are similarly clever, I can't decide which is my favourite of the horseshoe magnet or Limburger gags. The characters are great fun to watch, the dog's delivery of the Shakespearean lines are priceless while the overly-polite gophers(characters that don't get anywhere near enough credit) are both endearing and funny. Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg provide sterling vocals as expected. Overall, not quite as good as The Goofy Gophers but every bit as entertaining. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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