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Wake Up the Gypsy in Me (1933)

A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we ... See full summary »

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Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we finally see that the other end of the rope is anchored by a very small dog). A trench-coated bomber sneaks into the palace, where we see Rice-Puddin', the mad monk, cheating at a jigsaw puzzle. He spies the activity in the gypsy camp and orders a henchman to fetch the gypsy girl. The villagers revolt as a result, sending The Mad Monk scrambling on his horse; they stuff a bomb into his pants just as he turns his horse into a helicopter, and it explodes. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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English

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13 May 1933 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Spoofs Rasputin and the Empress (1932) See more »

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Hopak
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Traditional Ukrainian folk tune
Played and danced by the villagers at the beginning
Also played when Rice Puddin' looks through the binoculars
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Russian History Made All The Better To Be Amusing.
26 May 2009 | by Dawalk-1See all my reviews

History can become better and get more intriguing when it's being poked fun at and this is one good example of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies that done them. Rice-Puddin' is a spoof on Rasputin, the Russian Mad Monk who had more power than the czar and because of the people's loathing of him, this led to the 1917 Revolution. This WB cartoon takes place in a small village in Russia and the villagers are having a fun time, performing traditional cossack dances to not-so-traditional music. Even a little gypsy girl joins in, dancing with a tambourine at one point. But her fun is interrupted when Rice-Puddin' spots her through a pair of binoculars and he sends a guard to bring her to the palace where he is. Will anybody come to her aid, will her cries for help be answered? Tune in to find out for yourselves.

This is one of my favorite history-based WB cartoons. That Rice-Puddin' is a comical villain. The best parts for me are scenes of him trying to complete a puzzle, a short gypsy disguising himself as a woman to get past a palace guard, the whole musical number of the title song and the angry, armed mob coming after Rice-Puddin'. The whole thing is great really, right up to the outcome. An hilarious take on a history figure. Recommended especially for history buffs.


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