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Dumb Patrol (1931)

During the Great War, Bosko and a fearsome beast are in a dogfight. Bosko loses, but that's only the first battle.

Directors:

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

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

Bosko in his scrappy, anthropomorphic plane and a fearsome beast in his awesome, cannon-hauling machine are in a dogfight, and Bosko loses. His plane is vaporized in mid-air, but Bosko's fall is broken by the keys of a piano. Bombs have destroyed most of the house surrounding the piano, but the instrument itself is undamaged. Bosko meets Honey, a French girl who happens to skip by. His piano playing impresses her, but the fearsome beast interrupts his performance by dropping a bomb on him. This time Bosko uses a dachshund for an airplane by spinning its head around like a propeller. Now, with a homemade machine gun and the pickets from a picket fence for bullets, Bosko can't lose. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1931 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Bosko: [to Honey] Parlez-vous? Parlez-vous? Parlez-vous! Parlez-vous!
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Connections

Spoofs The Dawn Patrol (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes My Blackbird
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played when Bosko flies the dog into battle
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Cheeriness amidst war
2 April 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Bosko cartoons may not be animation masterpieces, but they are fascinating as examples of Looney Tunes in their early days before the creation of more compelling characters and funnier and more creative cartoons.

'Dumb Patrol' fares considerably better than the previous two at best average Bosko cartoons, and while a long way from a cartoon masterpiece it's somewhere around top middle as far as Bosko cartoons go. The Bosko cartoons are ones where the stories are never a strong suit, and that it would be silly to expect much, even then 'Dumb Patrol' while not plot-less as such is slight and predictable.

Surprisingly 'Dumb Patrol' fares surprisingly well tonally, cheeriness amidst something as heavy and harrowing as war sounds like a recipe for disaster but, apart from occasionally the constant cheeriness going a little overboard to the point of annoyance and the fate of the airplane being a little cruel (considering the airplane was quite compelling as a character), there is a good mix of fun and emotional power.

As to be expected, even in the lesser Bosko cartoons, the animation is not bad at all. Not exactly refined but fluid and crisp enough with some nice detail, it is especially good in the meticulous backgrounds and some remarkably flexible yet natural movements for Bosko. The music doesn't disappoint either, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.

Bosko's personality appears significantly more fleshed out, before he tended to not be interesting let alone endearing but he is rootable enough here. Honey is neither annoying or bland, and while the villain is stock they also fare well providing the obligatory conflict. Liked the character of the airplane too. The material does quite well finding the right balance of tone, being fun while not necessarily trivialising war.

Overall, decent if not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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