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Trolley Ahoy (1936)

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Mr. Bang bets the Skipper ten dollars he can't get the trolley to arrive at the train station on time.

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The terrible tempered Mr. Bang is commuting to work. When the trolley takes more than 5 seconds to arrive, he follows the tracks to the Skipper's house, where he bets him $10 he won't get to work on time. So motivated, the Skipper cuts breakfast short, but he hasn't paid the bill and his power is off. His wife rigs a sail, which gets him going, but a typhoon blows them off course. They land atop Mr. Bang's train. A tunnel knocks the trolley off the train and Mr. Bang into the train but he hasn't paid the $10 bet. The Skipper's wife, Powerful Katrinka, reels in the railroad track to bring the train back, then gets the $10 from Mr. Bang. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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3 July 1936 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Mr. Bang: Here I am, late again. It's all your fault. Now, where's my hat? Where's my coat? Where's my rubbers? Hurry up! It's always your fault. Oh! Goodbye!
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Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung briefly by the Skipper
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27 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

HAVING BEEN AN Aficianado of the Comic Strip & Comic Book as an Art Form, as well as a mechanism of mass communication, Fontaine Fox's TOONERVILLE FOLKS was known to us. Although commonly referred to as just THE TOONERVILLE TROLLEY, the proper title takes in so any other characters; whose mishaps, foibles and various idiosyncrasies provided the Cartoonist/Author with plenty of fodder for generating both Daily and Sunday laughs.

ONE SUCH CHARACTER was Mickey "Himself" McGuire, the tough little Irish street urchin, who was the toughest kid in town. We all may remember that there was a series of both silent and sound shorts of THE MICKEY McGUIRE Series that was both long-lived and a sort of rival to Hal Roach's OUR GANG Series.

THIS SERIES STARRED a young kid actor, one Joe Yule, Jr., who would later take the name of Mickey Rooney. Most know about the McGuire/Rooney connection, but most don't know that it sprang from the comic strip section of their newspapers.* AS FAR AS this cartoon, TROLLEY AHOY, is concerned, it is the middle installment of the troika of animation shorts that the Van Beruen Studios did for release by RKO Radio Pictures. As far as appearance goes, its use of Technicolor is outstanding. Bright and uplifting visuals are the order of the day, here.

AS FAR AS the laugh meter is concerned, it probably falls short in today's viewers way of thinking. The difference is probably not due to the time factor of 1930s vs. this 2nd Decade of the 21st Century; but rather that we are far more likely to be unfamiliar with the characters, the comic strip and indeed, the Crreator himself.

FROM WHAT WE can tell, Mr. Fox and his creations were almost as big as Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse were later. Although they were contemporaries, the TOONERVILLE Strip dated to the years prior to World War I and lasted up until the mid 1950s.

LIKE THE OTHER two titles (THE TOONERVILLE TROLLEY & TOONERVILLE PICNIC) the number of characters from the print medium were limited to the Skipper (the Trolley Pilot), his wife-"The Powerful Katrinks" and "The Terrible Tempered Mr. Bang", who was absent from the first production.


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