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The Plot Sickens (1961)

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A nebbish plots to murder his overbearing wife.



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Uncredited cast:
Eddie Lawrence ...
Myron / Cashier (voice) (uncredited)
Cynetha (voice) (uncredited)


A little nebbish spends his evenings watching the back of his massive wife's head, as she cackles at violent westerns on TV. At first he has fantasies of making Zenita magically vanish. But why dream of supernatural powers when there are so many natural ways of making someone disappear? There's poison, for instance. But Zenita proves impervious to poison and to his increasingly outrageous murder weapons. Written by J. Spurlin

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Nebbish: [narrating] She used to sit there for hours, watching westerns, waiting for someone to get shot, while I would be doing the dinner dishes. Later, I was allowed to come out, providing I was quiet. It was very boring. I would sit there hour after hour, night after night, staring at the back of her head and thinking of how much I hated her.
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The Plot Sickens was another cynical adult carton from Famous/Paramount
4 March 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Paramount Modern Madcap cartoon on YouTube as linked from Cartoon Brew. In this one, a nebbishly henpecked husband is trying to do away with his shrewishly heavyset wife who spends most of her time laughing at her TV and drinking her wine. When he gets sold some poison that the salesman tells him will "kill an elephant", this man goes to the zoo and puts his purchase in the pachyderm's water. Guess what happens. But when he puts it in his wife's drink, she just burps! He then puts an alligator in her wading pool but she ends up sitting on the reptile and smashing him dead! Finally, he puts a bomb in her car just before she goes off. After forcing him to go with her, the explosion comes but while she's okay, he's flying over New Jersey! Stuck in the hospital for three months, this man is treated by a pretty nurse who kisses him every visit. So when he goes back, he threatens his wife with a machine gun. Scared, this wife leaves for good. So he and the nurse get married. When they settle down, this new wife displays the same characteristics of his old one! Poor guy...Boy those people at the Famous/Paramount cartoon studio sure have cynical views on marriage, don't they, with first Harry Happy and now this! The leading man really feels stomped on with this harridan of a wife. Despite this, this was even funnier than the previous short even though I could guess the ending a minute or two away. So on that note, I recommend The Plot Sickens for anyone not expecting a children's cartoon from this era.

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