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Mickey's Mellerdrammer (1933)

Mickey Mouse and his friends perform "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

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Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Elvia Allman ... Clarabelle Cow (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Horace Horsecollar (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ... Goofy (voice) (uncredited)
Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Marcellite Garner Marcellite Garner ... Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Mickey Mouse and his friends perform the play 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' for a packed house. The gang dresses for their roles backstage, then Mickey and Minnie Mouse go on to enthusiastic applause. Horace Horsecollar is met with similar enthusiasm in his role as Simon, but the audience turns on him by throwing produce at the stage when the actor portrays the villain too convincingly. In the next scene, Clarabelle Cow plays Eliza crossing the ice while Goofy and the rest of the troupe create storm effects backstage. Various dogs are dressed in bloodhound costumes to "chase" Eliza, but when the pups find a cat in their midst, they chase it instead, wreaking havoc on the theater. Written by Melissa

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mickey's Mellerdrama See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the plot the play "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is the "melodrama" that is being presented, thus the title. See more »

Quotes

Horace: [as Simon Legree] Bow down to your master! I own your body and soul!
Mickey Mouse: [as Uncle Tom] You may own this body, but my soul belongs to the Lord!
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Connections

Featured in Mickey's 50 (1978) See more »

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I think it's pretty safe to bet that the Disney folks today hope you forget all about this one!!
29 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"They don't make 'em like the used to"---that's a phrase that people USUALLY use in order to say how great things used to be years ago. However, in the case of "Mickey's Mellerdrammer" is means quite the opposite!! I truly think this is one of those shorts that the Disney Corporation wishes would just go away--and people would forget about this one. But, thanks to folks like me and wmorrow59 (who did a terrific review for this film), we won't let you forget! This cartoon begins with Mickey and Clarabelle donning black-face. It seems that the gang is putting on a performance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"! Sure, this isn't at all politically correct today, but back in the 19th century it was a HUGELY popular book and play. But the sight of seeing Goofy and the rest in black-face is certainly stunning--and a reminder of just how far we've come as a society that now this sort of thing isn't to be laughed at...just seen with absolute shock!! All in all, if you can ignore the racial elements (and who can?!), it's not a terrible cartoon it's also a sign of the times. I sure hope the cartoon isn't totally buried, as it is a nice history lesson on our past. Maybe not a GOOD one, but a lesson nonetheless.


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