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Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931)

Things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. And then Foxy walks in and the customers go really wild.

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Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. All the animals are singing. The tables are swaying to the music. The ape-waiter is dancing down the aisles as confetti and ribbons continually fall from the ceiling. And then Foxy walks in and the customers really go wild. He sings "A Gay Caballero" as he walks down the aisle. By the time he gets to his table, the show is ready to begin. The performer is a beautiful girl-fox singing "Lady, Play Your Mandolin." Foxy sings along, as his horse busts in and gets drunk. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiel auf Deiner Mandoline See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first Merrie Melodie short; also the introduction of the character Foxy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Animals: [singing] Lady, play your mandolin. / Lady, let that tune begin.
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Soundtracks

Lady, Play Your Mandolin
(uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by various characters
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debauchery for kids
25 January 2007 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

The first Merrie Melody cartoon becomes funny once you realize the historical context. "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" was released during prohibition, but features a bunch of characters drinking themselves stupid (those cartoons loved inebriation, didn't they?). Otherwise, you can see that the Termite Terrace crowd was only getting started, so you can forgive them for creating something that looks too much like a Disney cartoon; they got really good when they deliberately tried to be the anti-Disney. There's a reason that Foxy didn't get as well known as Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer, etc. But at least the existence of this cartoon paved the way for the Looney Tunes.


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