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Early to Bet (1951)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 12 May 1951 (USA)
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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Cat: [spins a 14 on the Penalty Wheel and pulls the card revealing his penalty] Oh no. Not that! Not the Gesundheit!
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Edited into Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988) See more »

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De Camptown Races
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19 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Early to Bet (1951)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely poor Merrie Melodies short has a "gambling" bug biting various people and then we see how bad gambling is. I'm really not sure how to explain this short because it's so unpleasant and unfunny that you can't help but be shocked and think this has to be one of the worst the MM ever did. The "gambling" bug is annoying from start to finish and he actually gets worse as the film moves along. None of the supporting characters are any good be it with laughs, looks or even the vocal work. It's rather hard to think of a more unfunny cartoon.


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