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When the Cat's Away (1929)

While Tom Cat goes away hunting, Mickey, Minnie, and their mouse friends break into his house and perform music. They play various tunes on the piano while the other mice hit household objects in tune to the music.

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Tom Cat drinks his moonshine and then heads off with his rifle to go hunting. While the cat is away, Mickey, Minnie, and the other mice living underneath the porch, will play. Mickey forms another mouse into a key to open the padlock on the door, and then into the house everyone goes. Mickey and Minnie dance on the piano to play music, while the other mice use whatever they can get their hands on - a saxophone, a violin, even a spittoon - to accompany him. A parrot attempts to join in, but the effort of his bad singing causes him to lose his balance and fall into the spittoon. Later, Mickey uses a mousetrap as a catapult to toss himself up to a wheel of Swiss cheese on a high shelf. But these mice are more interested in music than in eating. Mickey slices the cheese in a circular fashion that allows it to act like a paper roll for the player piano. When the roll is finished, two mice form themselves into a makeshift phonograph, which means more fun and music for everyone. Written by J. Spurlin

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11 April 1929 (USA)  »

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När katten är borta  »

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Edited into The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show (1968) See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop and lyrics by John Howard Payne
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A Break In!
8 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

When Tom Cat leaves is place, Mickey and Minnie are waiting. Along with a herd of mice, they break in to the house and begin to do musical things. They dance on the piano and play a saxophone. They us Swiss cheese in a player piano. It's random and is just for the viewer to see what moving pictures can do.


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