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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 (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 Pests for Guests (1955) See more »

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Goblins in the Steeple
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Music by Leon Carr
Played during the dancing skeleton bit
Also played when the gophers run the magnets along the floor and ceiling
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I can call gophers from the vasty deep
23 November 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Topnotch Goofy Gophers cartoon, doing what they do best: pricking the vanity of the inept, in this case, a dog who wishes to give up doing slapstick cartoons for Warner Brothers and do Shakespearian roles instead.

Although this cartoon is credited to McKimson, it shows the hand of Art Davis, the most under-rated of the directors at Termite Terrace -- the hambone hound likes to wear a bow tie. Davis had his own unit, but it was folded into McKimson's in the late 1940s. A pity, as he was a much better director than McKimson. Take a look at this one and see.


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