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The Organ Grinder (1933)

An organ grinder and his monkey make their way down a New York streetscape. The monkey climbs up several stories to get tips from a couple of women. It does a little dance for a group of ... See full summary »

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Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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An organ grinder and his monkey make their way down a New York streetscape. The monkey climbs up several stories to get tips from a couple of women. It does a little dance for a group of kids, then uses some props to impersonate Harpo Marx, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy. It then sits down at a couple of pianos and begins playing, first, the title song, then 42nd Street. It gets caught in a runaway car, and after running into a fruit cart, crashes into a music store and comes out as a one-man band with the organ grinder in the rear. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1933 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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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This Is One Talented Monkey!
28 May 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This cartoon builds and builds and builds, and when it's over you're almost worn out. It features an immensely-talented monkey. He's the chimp part of the organ grinder's act. The while grinder sings, the little monkey climbs the tenement street windows to collect a coin here and there from an appreciative female audience. Some of the ways he gets to the windows are clever.

However, the animated short really clicks into high gear about halfway through when the chimp begins to perform for a bunch of little kids in the street. The little animal turns out to be a great one-man band, amazing dancer, and celebrity impersonator (Harpo Mark, Laure & Hardy).

Outside of a little cat-abuse, the film has harmless slapstick gags as the monkey's shenanigans cause havoc in the streets while the band blasts out "42nd Street" at a faster-and-faster pace as the cartoon accelerates to a frenetic pace by the end.

This was a bonus feature from the "Warner Night At The Movies" from the DVD feature film, "The Mayor Of Hell." It's definitely worth checking out.


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