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Box Car Blues (1930)

Bosko and his porcine friend are hobos in a runaway boxcar.

Directors:

Hugh Harman (uncredited), Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Johnny Murray ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bosko and his porcine friend are hobos in a boxcar; they happily play "Cryin' for the Carolines" with Bosko doing vocals and the pig on the banjo. Meanwhile, the anthropomorphic engine is having trouble on the rails; it has to go up steep hills and pass over missing tracks. It even sprouts hands and arms to pull itself up a hill, but accidentally pulls down the hill's "pants," revealing polka-dotted underpants. In this struggle, the train loses its boxcar. Now Bosko is in distress as the runaway boxcar speeds down the tracks and through tunnels. A cow appears on the tracks; but the pig has been knocked out. Bosko must handle the danger on his own. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looney Tunes #5: Box Car Blues See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #4368. See more »

Goofs

A hobo pig is unconscious in a boxcar; but when the boxcar breaks apart, it is empty. See more »

Connections

Featured in Futurama: A Tale of Two Santas (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Highway to Heaven
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when the train runs out of control
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Good use of music in what is a largely routine short
4 May 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This is a typical Bosko short: put him in a situation, some means of playing music, introduce a predicament or three for him to largely ignore blithely, usually singing as he does so and fill with sight gags. Here, Bosko has a partner in song, a pig rather than Honey. The use of music is the best thing here in an otherwise average cartoon. Worth watching. Recommended for fans of Harman and Ising and the old black and white cartoons.


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