Tom is desperate for sleep after a night of revelry with his friends, but Mammy Two-Shoes demands that he stay awake to keep the mouse out of the refrigerator. Jerry, being a clever mouse, sees his opportunity to get rid of the cat.
Tom steals an egg from a mother's nest, cracks it over a frying pan and then discovers he can have roast duck. But the uncooperative hatchling runs away from the cat and into a mouse hole, where he finds an able protector in Jerry.
The kiddie radio host, Uncle Dudley, reminds his listeners that it is "Be Kind to Animals" week. Tom resolves to be kind to his mouse-nemesis, Jerry, but the cat changes his mind after sneaking a look at Jerry's diary.
Tom, complete with mortarboard, is teaching a kitten the basics: "cats chase mice." But Jerry keeps subverting this lesson at every opportunity, adding his own phrases, like "cats and mice ... See full summary »
Spike has just washed his pup. Tom and Jerry's chase knocks him into a mud puddle. Spike makes Tom clean him up again and promise to keep him clean which of course is Jerry's opening to get Tom in trouble.
Tom has been out late carousing with his chums. When he gets home, a slimmed-down Mammy won't take any excuses, and insists he stay awake; Jerry, overhearing, thus tries a number of schemes to get Tom to sleep. Not that he has to push hard; Tom tries drinking a giant pot of coffee, then keeping his eyes open with toothpicks and tape, and finally gives up and paints eyes on his lids. This fools Mammy, but not Jerry, who erects a series of Burma-Shave style signs leading Tom into the nice comfy bed, where Mammy discovers him and tosses him out just as his pals happen by for another night on the town. Written by
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Same visually, but different voice for Mammy Two Shoes nowadays
This is one of the cartoons with Mammy Two Shoes, the character who is never seen above the waist and who is a foil for Tom and/or Jerry in several shorts. The character became controversial for stereotypical appearance, speech and behavior and were rarely seen for quite a while. The voice has since been re-dubbed to eliminate the perceived insensitivity. Other than the minor fact that the shorts have been altered from their original form, the cartoons are not harmed by this and have been shown more often of late. This is a hilarious short where Mammy plays a small but vital role in the proceedings. The change is not materially significant to enjoying the cartoon, as the dialogue is not terribly different, just the pronunciation and speech patterns. Well worth tracking down and most recommended.
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