Directors: WILLIAM HANNA, Joseph BARBERA. Animators: Irven Spence, Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson. Backgrounds: Robert Gentle. Music: Scott Bradley. Color by Technicolor. Western Electric Sound System. Producer: Fred Quimby.
Copyright 30 December 1953 (in notice: 1952) by Loew's Inc. A Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer "Tom and Jerry" cartoon. 6 minutes.
COMMENT: This entry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's long-running and deservedly super-popular series is actually not so much a western spoof as a variation of the familiar Tom versus Jerry conflicts, but using western props in a western setting. The colored servant who often initiates the action is here replaced by a crusty ranch-house cook, who refuses lazy Tom his much-desired meals until he gets rid of that varmint, Jerry.
After suffering indignities in several amusing encounters, Tom signs an agreement with Jerry. The fast-paced little story then builds up to a riotous climax with a branding iron, when Tom reneges.
All in all, this Tom and Jerry must be classed as a most satisfying entry in the series. And needless to say, it was produced with all the M-G-M cartoon department's usual expertise.