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In this parody of trench-coat detective films, Daffy Duck is Duck Drake, a "Private Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat" who receives a telephone call summoning him to the J. Cleaver Axe-Handle ... See full summary »

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In this parody of trench-coat detective films, Daffy Duck is Duck Drake, a "Private Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat" who receives a telephone call summoning him to the J. Cleaver Axe-Handle Estate, where a murder has supposedly taken place. Daffy/Drake arrives at a lavish house that he thinks is the murder site and suspects its occupant, an amorous lady duck, of committing the crime. As the lady duck showers him with affection, Daffy attempts to reenact the crime as he believes it happened and orders the lady duck to cooperate. In the process, Daffy is shot, crushed by a falling piano, and run over by a train, before the lady duck tells him that he came to the wrong address, that the real murder site is a house down the road, and that the only thing of which she is guilty is love for Daffy, whom she matrimonially pursues straight through her house's door and outside onto the street. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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When the shapely lady duck fires the revolver, she holds the trigger but multiple shots are heard. A revolver can only fire repeatedly by releasing and pulling the trigger. See more »

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duck noir
18 December 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As the Termite Terrace crowd loved to spoof everything in popular culture, it should as no surprise that they took a swipe at 1940s detective movies. Robert McKimson's "The Super Snooper" casts Daffy Duck as Duck Drake, a Sam Spade-style private eye, nose, ears and mouth. One day, this hard-boiled gumshoe gets a call telling him that there's been a murder in a local mansion. So, he goes there and finds the sexiest female duck of all, whom he immediately suspects of the murder. So, he tries to recreate the crime, always making the hot babe cooperate...but it results to his detriment! While Chuck Jones famously cast Daffy in the kinds of roles deliberately not suited to him ("The Scarlet Pumpernickel", "Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century", "Robin Hood Daffy"), Robert McKimson clearly also had an eye for this. We see here Daffy in exaggerated form: he's so convinced of his own rectitude that he goes to any length to prove it, no matter what happens...and then we get a big surprise at the end! And besides, THAT IS ONE HOT BABE!!!!!!! A cross between Veronica Lake, Grace Kelly and Barbara Eden, if you will.

Anyway, I gotta disagree with a reviewer who in another review said that Warner Bros. should have closed Robert McKimson's animation unit and left Arthur Davis's unit open. McKimson really directed some impressive work (though Davis also directed some good ones). This is certainly a funny one.


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