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The Oily American (1954)

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Moe Hican, an Indian, has struck it rich. Oil has been found on his property, and he now owns an estate with oil rigs everywhere. Even the fountain spouts oil! His mansion is as uppercrust ... See full summary »

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Moe Hican, an Indian, has struck it rich. Oil has been found on his property, and he now owns an estate with oil rigs everywhere. Even the fountain spouts oil! His mansion is as uppercrust as any, but he prefers to live in a tepee and hunt moose, within the rooms of his vast home, which have forests of their own. Moe and his butler go on a hunting expedition, with the butler being hit with every instrument Moe uses to try to kill a pint-sized moose. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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10 July 1954 (USA)  »

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This is one of the funniest cartoons I've ever seen.
9 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Moe Hican, the wealthy Native American, is having his daily hunt. This time with a hideously deformed moose. Unfortunately, the hunt doesn't quite go as planned, particularly with Moe's butler inadvertently getting caught in the middle of it.

Robert McKimson directed many excellent one-shots during his time with Warner Brothers (The Hole Idea being probably his most famous), but this has to be his funniest. The peppy Moe and his cynical butler are such great characters that I'm surprised McKimson never used them again. But they're nothing compared to the moose, who has to be one of the funniest "victims" ever in a WB cartoon. Seeing Moe's traps constantly turn on the butler is consistently chuckle-worthy, only strengthened by the Butler's increasing frustration with the Native's incompetence. And the ending, which I won't spoil here, will leave you rolling.

An easy 10/10.


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