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Viva Willie (1934)

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Willie tells his friend that he was once a cowboy.


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Willie and a friend are playing Cowboys and Indians when they happen across a statue of a pistol-wielding Poncho Villa. In an attempt to prove that he too is a tough guy, Willie spins a tall tale about his former life as a cowboy. Willie's girlfriend is harassed by another cowboy in a saloon where she dances. Willie engages in a gunfight to defend her honor. Meanwhile, Willie's horse is drinking beer from an unattended barrel. When the cowboy kidnaps Willie's girlfriend, he and his drunken horse must follow. A combination of creativity and haphazard luck allow Willie to save his girlfriend from the cowboy and his gang. Written by Melissa

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20 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Willie Turns 'Harmonicat'
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is only a "fair" Willie Whopper cartoon, not because Willie can't come up with a wild fantasy but the jokes in here weren't that great. Willie and his buddy see a statue of Poncho Villa and, of course, our hero says "You think's he tough? Well, let me tell you......"

The main "gag" is Willie's south-of-the-border fairy tale revolves around a harmonica. He accidentally swallows it and then sounds like an idiot. Of course that doesn't impress the banditos too much, either, and they make a fool of him at the local bar. In addition, Willie's horse drinks an entire barrel of beer and is blitzed. That doesn't help Willie.

Under these circumstances, how is Willie going to go after the girl that the head bandit has kidnapped? We see some inventive answers to that question but most of them aren't too funny. The risqué ending - with Willie and the girl - is kind of strange, and I did enjoy that.

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