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Bosko the Doughboy (1931)

Bosko is a doughboy in the Great War.

Director:

Hugh Harman (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Carman Maxwell Carman Maxwell ... Bosko (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bosko is a doughboy in the Great War. Bullets and bombs are everywhere. (A bomb even blows up the title card.) Bosko and his fellow infantrymen are hardly safe in their trench. Bosko is happily eating from a pan full of beans when a bomb hits the pan and destroys his meal. Bosko misses Honey; he pulls out her picture and kisses it. A cannonball tears through it, making her head a gaping hole. Now Bosko is angry. He vows revenge but the moment his helmet appears above the trench, it's hit with dozens of bullets, knocking him back down. Another soldier (a horse) briefly cheers him up with harmonica music. Bosko gets his chance to be a hero when his buddy (a hippo) swallows a cannonball. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looney Tunes #2 (1931-1932 Season): Bosko the Doughboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #5017. See more »

Goofs

Bosko takes some cheese from a mousetrap and eats it. In the next shot, the mousetrap disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bosko: I'll get you!
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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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Traditional
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Not for the easily offended
2 December 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

Believe it or not, there were a few American cartoons from both the silent and early sound periods which used the Great War as fodder for comedy! Given the destructiveness of that particular conflict, it seems tasteless that these cartoons should treat the subject matter so lightly.

But heck, I have to admit I thought Bokso the Doughboy (1931) was pretty amusing.

I'm not a big fan of the early Looney Tunes; indeed, Disney and the Fleischers easily overshadowed them in the early 1930s. By no means is this Bosko short bucking that trend of mediocrity, but it is a lot of fun with its dark humor and mildly imaginative gags. Bosko himself is still a largely uninteresting character, but that is less noticeable than usual here.


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