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Booby Traps (1944)

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Pvt. Snafu thinks he's too smart to get caught by an enemy booby trap, but he soon finds that the traps are alluring and that he is every bit the booby.


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Uncredited cast:
Pvt. Snafu / Camel (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


Pvt. Snafu is on North African desert patrol. He's too smart to get caught by an enemy booby trap. He avoids the booby-trapped shower, but that camel with a contact mine for an udder... Then he finds an Arab harem full of barely clad beauties. There's the hookah full of TNT instead of tobacco, and one of the girls has bombs where her shapely curves should be. And there's a piano. The music for "All Those Endearing Young Charms" rests on top. One of the keys is booby-trapped with explosives, but Pvt. Snafu can't seem to get that last note... Written by David Steele

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booby trap | udder | shower | hookah | bomb | See All (38) »


Animation | Short | Comedy | War





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January 1944 (USA)  »

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Pvt. Snafu is imitating Jerry Colonna, and borrowing one of his catchphrases, when he declares, "Ah, something new has been added!" See more »


Snafu runs off when the girl's strapless bra falls off, revealing bombs. When he returns, the bra is back in place, and it has gained back and shoulder straps. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The enemy has fled, abandoning the area. As our forces move up, they must exercise great care. Every object is a possible booby trap.
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Followed by Gas (1944) See more »


Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Played by Snafu on the piano
Played often in the score
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Thoroughly offensive animated genius
12 August 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Very politically incorrect by today's standards, this animated romp concerning the perils with which our boys contend OVER THERE (in the Arabian deserts of good ol' WWII) is a total riot. The harem of 1940's beauties (possibly the sexiest cartoon characters ever put to the screen), an over-sized mouse-trap, a rigged up-right piano, a potentially explosive hooka, a triangle-playing mechanical Hitler and, best of all, a talking camel with a bomb attached to it, are some of the highlights of this brilliant short work. Only two Private Snafu shorts I've seen to date (8-12-2003), the other being Spies, which is just as offensively uproarious and side-splitting. In light of not too long ago world events, it's Middle Eastern setting is all too eerie.

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