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An old man is reading a book by the fire. The clock strikes 8, and he heads off to bed. From his book, Alice in Wonderland, out crawls Alice, who turns the radio to the title tune. This ... See full summary »

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Rudolf Ising
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Alice (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Uncle Tom / Various (voice) (uncredited)
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An old man is reading a book by the fire. The clock strikes 8, and he heads off to bed. From his book, Alice in Wonderland, out crawls Alice, who turns the radio to the title tune. This wakes up Rip Van Winkle; Alice then rouses the Three Musketeers, who sing a bit. Next tune: Nero fiddles, Rome burns, and Cleopatra sizzles in a slinky dance. Uncle Tom sings a spiritual as Mr. Hyde sneaks up and abducts Alice. Tarzan to the rescue, along with several other characters who mount a spirited attack using such office supplies as pen points, matches, and a fountain pen. They box him up and carry him off. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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USA

Language:

English

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10 December 1932 (USA) See more »

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Mono
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Trivia

Celebrity caricatures include (in order): Rudy Vallee (singer on the radio), Fredric March (as Mr. Hyde), Johnny Weissmuller (as Tarzan), and Douglas Fairbanks (as Robin Hood). See more »

Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1992 by Turner Entertainment Company, with each frame traced over onto a cel. Each cel was then painted in color and photographed over a colored reproduction of each background. See more »

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Followed by I Like Mountain Music (1933) See more »

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One Step Ahead of My Shadow
Music by Sammy Fain
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Three's a Crowd was perhaps one of the earliest cartoons to depict book characters coming to life
28 February 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was perhaps one of the earliest of the Merrie Melodie cartoons to feature characters from famous books coming to life which happens here when an old man stops reading one to go to bed. I didn't find much funny here though the music was pretty entertaining and seeing all that action done to it was also pretty good. This was directed by Rudolf Ising who was partnered with Hugh Harmon as co-producers. Their last names make that musical description sound, if you didn't know (Harmon-Ising, harmonizing, get it?). They were partnered with Leon Schlesinger at this time though disagreements over budgets got them leaving him at Warner Bros. and ending up at M-G-M. Anyway, Three's a Crowd is worth a look for any animation buffs out there.


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