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The Goldbrick (1943)

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A fairy encourages Snafu to duck out of his training regime for his own reasons.


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Uncredited cast:
Pvt. Snafu / Goldie The Goldbrick / Bird / Japanese Goldbrick (voice) (uncredited)


The lazy, goldbricking Snafu is asleep, when he is suddenly awakened by the morning bugle call. He doesn't want to get up, so the "Goldbrick fairy" appears. The fairy sings to him several things to do to avoid completing any of his duties. After many successful sleazy attempts to avoid work, the fairy pulls off his disguise and reveals he is actually an enemy Japanese, who fooled him and sabotaged his army's entire defense. Written by Christopher Walker <>

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Animation | Short





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September 1943 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Pvt. Snafu: Nuts! If I could only get out of drill.
Goldie the Goldbrick: Precisely why I am here. I am Goldie the Goldbrick. Be like me, use your head, with a heart full of gold and a backside full of lead.
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Followed by No Buddy Atoll (1945) See more »


Tit Willow
Music and lyrics by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Parodied as "Goldbrick".
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Not one of the better Snafu cartoons
14 May 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Private Snafu films were clearly made to be seen by soldiers and not by the general public. The dirty jokes, sexual innuendos and language is relatively tame today but never would have been allowed in the regular theaters due to the Production Code. But, such off-color remarks went over very well with the enlisted men and helped to illustrate important information in a humorous and memorable fashion.

In this cartoon, instead of Technical Fairy First Class, you see a new but fatter character. And, instead of teaching him a good lesson, this fairy encourages Snafu to take the easy way out again and again. By the end of the film, Snafu is in deep trouble and you discover the truth about this new fairy.

Overall, a rather sub-par Snafu cartoon, though for fans of the series, it's still worth seeing. The biggest problem with it is that it's just less funny than the typical film and seemed a bit preachy.

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