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The Gambling Bug causes gambling fever in anyone he bites. He bites a cat, who becomes eager to play gin-rummy with a bulldog for penalties. Even though he keeps losing and has to endure ... See full summary »

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The Gambling Bug causes gambling fever in anyone he bites. He bites a cat, who becomes eager to play gin-rummy with a bulldog for penalties. Even though he keeps losing and has to endure more and more painful penalties, the cat is compelled by the Gambling Bug's bite to continue playing. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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A retread of 'It's Hummertime' which fails to live up to the source
18 August 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Robert McKimson's 'Early to Bet' is an unnecessary retread of his earlier cartoon 'It's Hummertime' which fails to live up to its predecessor. While the original had been a brilliant piece in which a cat attempting to catch a hummingbird was repeatedly given his just desserts by a bulldog who metes out cruel and unusual punishments, 'Early to Bet' introduces a convoluted subplot involving The Gambling Bug, an insect whose bite induces an instant urge to gamble. The Bug is an awkwardly drawn and irritating character who adds nothing to the scenario. He coaxes the innocent cat into gambling for penalties with the bulldog, resulting in more bizarre punishments interspersed with some lifeless card-playing sequences. Aside from the fact that the gambling angle slows the cartoon down, 'Early to Bet' is tainted by the fact that the cat is a complete innocent and has done nothing to deserve his punishments, unlike in 'It's Hummertime' where he was attempting to annihilate a bird. There's also something completely unconvincing about a dog seeking out a cat with the motive of gambling! 'Early to Bet' is an oddity but not a successful one. For an example of an oddity that works, seek out the original and best, 'It's Hummertime'.


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