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A Hound for Trouble (1951)

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Kicked off the boat in Italy, Charlie forces himself upon a pizzeria owner. Donning his best Italian accent and garb, Charlie sets to work as a waiter, astonishing and horrifying the ... See full summary »

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Charlie Dog / Pizzeria Owner (voice)
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Kicked off the boat in Italy, Charlie forces himself upon a pizzeria owner. Donning his best Italian accent and garb, Charlie sets to work as a waiter, astonishing and horrifying the customers with his barefoot grape-stomping and musical rendition of "Atsa Matta for You?" Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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After crushing the grapes, Charlie dog wipes some of the grape juice off his back paws on a tablecloth. When the café owner reappears, Charlie's paws and tablecloth are perfectly clean. See more »

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Captain: Alright men! Get a little action into that cargo. Look alive now! Look alive! Alright, alright. Stand clear! Start moving those starboard crates. Easy does it!
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Santa Lucia
Music by Teodoro Cottrau
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What This Place Needs Is A Floor Show!
30 August 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is definitely the best of the Charlie Dog cartoons.

First off, by today's standards, this cartoon is very politically incorrect. But, who cares? It's funny! There are always little throwaway touches that make Warner Bros. cartoons worth watching over and over - the sign in the restaurant window says "Televish inside", the scene with the fishermen is actually a copy of a Van Gogh painting (!), etc.

Of course, the pizzeria owner speaks in "Italian" that is really just the names of different foods, and then there is Charlie's song: as I said, quite politically incorrect, but just look at the expressions on his face. Chuck Jones was a Master.

Strangely enough, for years the local TV station in NYC that showed this cartoon would remove the entire scene with Charlie Dog and the customer. Thankfully, I was able to finally get an uncut copy.

And yes, the ending is a classic. This one is a definite must-see.


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