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Parrotville Post-Office (1935)

A mother and her two rowdy children come into the Parrotville Post Office. The postmaster is annoyed by the children at first. Later, the children come in handy. A notorious mail thief ... See full summary »

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A mother and her two rowdy children come into the Parrotville Post Office. The postmaster is annoyed by the children at first. Later, the children come in handy. A notorious mail thief sneaks into the post office, and the kids and postmaster apprehend him. They put the thief in a mail sack and send him to prison via the next mail delivery. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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28 June 1935 (USA)  »

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Robbing The Mails
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Mrs. Birdkin" drops off her juvenile-delinquent parrot kids at the post office, letting "The Captain" look after them. The postal worker said he'd help out because he's obviously smitten with her, but these kids are trouble so he winds up wrapping them up in two big mail sacks.

Meanwhile, he gets a telegram warning him that "the Black Mail Robber" is coming his way, and if he captures him there will be a $5,000 reward. (That's like a half million bucks today.) The Captain, however, is more scared than anything else and barricades the post office. Then he stands guard, singing a song. (They loved to sing in cartoons of the 1930s).

The fun starts when the robber does enter the office and literally scares the pants off the captain. When the bandit yells "stick 'em up," the Captain raises his hands and his pants fall down, revealing polka dot underwear, so the thief says, "Pick 'em up." When he does, it's "stick 'em up, and back and forth this gag goes like Daffy Duck against Bugs Bunny, until the reverse happens.

All in all, the cartoon was okay, with a predictable ending, but nothing super laugh- wise....yet not boring, either. It maintained a good pace and it was almost educational to see how they did things back in the '30s with the post office and mail service via train.


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