A henpecked rooster and a streetwise mouse team up to thwart the fowl's foul wife.


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Henry the Rooster's wife, Chicken Pie, is a rolling pin-wielding bully. She forces Henry to do all the work around the house, as she sits around eating corn candy (as opposed to candy corn) and reading "How to Lay an Egg" by Bob Hope. When Chicken Pie finds a mouse in her candy, she is terrified and of course orders Henry to get rid of it. Henry manages to trap the mouse in a cage, and is near to drowning it, when the streetwise rodent makes a deal with him. In exchange for his life, he'll stick around and scare the missus. That way Henry can be king of the barn as nature intended. When Chicken Pie learns that Henry and the mouse are colluding, she sets out to get rid of the pest herself. Written by J. Spurlin

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mouse | chicken | candy | rooster | corn | See All (50) »





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18 February 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Chicken Pie reads the fictitious book, "How to Lay an Egg" by Bob Hope as Winston Sharples incorporates Hope's theme song, "Thanks for the Memory," into the score. See more »

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Good To Hear Stang
7 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can add me to the list of people who laughed at Arnold Stang, especially doing his chocolate candy bar commercials way back in the 1950s, I believe. Anyway, most people my age have a soft spot for this guy.

In some 1940 cartoons, like the one listed above, he voiced the character of a little mouse called "Uncle Herman." In this story, he gets involved in a poor rooster named Henry who is bossed around by his loud-and-demanding wife, hence the title. The woman sees the mouse and orders Henry to find it and kill it. Henry grabs our little buddy and is ready to drown him when Herman says, "Wait, I think I can help you be the boss in your family." He whispers something into this ear and Henry seems receptive.

We see what the plan was, how it works and then backfires. All in all, a very weak cartoon for humor. Even the artwork was boring, as the whole thing is done in brown colors and has a dullness to it. However, from what I've been told by someone who is educated about this short film, if I had a look at the original print of this cartoon and then it had been restored correctly for the DVD, it would have made this look far better and much more appealing. Sometimes a bad VHS or DVD print can make a decent cartoon look bad. This may be the case here. A better transfer would have given the story some spark.

The only thing I laughed at the was zinger they writes gave a fellow comedian. A big hen is seen nearby reading a book called, "How To Lay An Egg" by Bob Hope.

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