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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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Did You Know?


This is the only time in the original theatrical Looney Tune & Merry Melody cartoon shorts, that Mel Blanc voiced the character of Elmer Fudd, while original Elmer Fudd voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan was still alive. Arthur Q. Bryan died on Wednesday, November 18th, 1959. 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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Featured in Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (1986) See more »


String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5 - Minuet section
Music by Luigi Boccherini
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A very good Daffy Duck episode!
21 January 2008 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

With TWO good themes carried off in a hilarious way, good characters chosen and a good plot, this Daffy Duck episode is pretty tough to beat! Yet another good thing about this episode, is the clever, brilliant mux-ip of the modern and the old Daffy Duck (this episode was made in 1950, when the new greedy, sly, mean Daffy Duck that most of us know was just starting to appear) and the choosing of so many Looney Tunes characters - including a new one!

The episode begins with Daffy feeling hyperly angry and stressed at doing so much comedy and he has had the nerve and steel to write a script which focuses on a more serious theme - or as serious as Daffy can possibly be. The story is not the Scarlet Pimpernel - but the Scarlet Pumpernickel, as Daffy! Also appearing is Porky as the High Chamberlain and who seems to be a new character, a yellow duck, as the fair Melissa. She is to marry the Grand Duke, who is Sylvester, but she loves the Scarlet Pumpernickel, who is an outlaw. It's the start of a grand adventure, with good gags along the way...

Good for people who like comedy versions of famous book people and good for people who want to watch Daffy's attempt at a more serious episode. Enjoy "The Scarlet Pumpernickel"! :-)

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