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The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)

Daffy Duck pitches to J.L. Warner a starring role with himself in a ridiculously over the top swashbuckler film.


(as Charles M. Jones)



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Complete credited cast:
Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Sylvester / Highwayman / J.L. / Elmer Fudd (voice)


Daffy tries to sell movie studio head J.L. his script for a swashbuckler set in Merry Olde England, a plot involving a maiden in distress, a scheming Chamberlain, an evil Grand Duke and a dashing masked hero (to be played by Daffy, of course). Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Release Date:

4 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Daffy Duck in 'The Scarlet Pumpernickel'  »

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1.37 : 1
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Certain foreign language prints of the cartoon lift music from other cartoons to make up its soundtrack. Among the cartoons that the alternate soundtrack used music from include Roman Legion-Hare (1955), People Are Bunny (1959), Wideo Wabbit (1956), Guided Muscle (1955), Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z (1956), and Dog Tales (1958). This version is the one used on Looney Tunes Golden Collections Vol. 1's "music only" audio tracks. See more »


When Daffy is reading the script to J.L., his position changes between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Daffy Duck: You're killing me! I'm being murdered! I can't stand this torture anymore! I'm dying, you're killing me! I'm telling you, J.L., you're typecasting me to death - comedy, always comedy. Ha ha, woo-hoo, woo-hoo, yuk yuk! Honest, J.L., you just gotta give me a dramatic part.
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References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »


Jolly Robbers Overture
Music by Franz von Suppé
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The Scarlet Pu-pu-pu-Pumpernickel is a flawed masterpiece.
20 March 2002 | by (Bristol, CT) – See all my reviews

The late Chuck Jones went almost all out with this short, starring Daffy Duck and co-stars Sylvester and Porky Pig, with some surprise cameos!. Inexplicably, it revolves around Daffy in a Hollywood pitch meeting, but his story parodies the first movie. (I guess. Never read the book or seen the film.). The story itself is very, very funny. Daffy and Sylvester are the rivals, and I'm pretty sure it was their first and only time they shared the screen until "Space Jam" came along. Seeing them interact makes you wish that Jones had paired them more than once. Lots of slapstick and visual jokes, the funniest being Daffy, as the Scarlet Pumpernickel, trying to save the fair Melissa.

I said "almost all out" because it sucks that Jones and the writers didn't put any effort or faith into the story enough, so it became Daffy's "pitch". The final payoff, where Daffy had no ending, sounds a lot like the real guys really didn't have an ending! In the end, the minutes devoted to "The Scarlet Pumpernickel" pitch itself, make it all worthwhile.

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