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Boulevardier from the Bronx (1936)

Baseball. The Chicago Giants, led by rooster pitcher Dizzy Dan, are playing the Hicksville team. Dan arrives in Hicksville and sings the title song while eyeing local pitcher Claude's girl.... See full summary »

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Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Emily (voice) (uncredited)
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Baseball. The Chicago Giants, led by rooster pitcher Dizzy Dan, are playing the Hicksville team. Dan arrives in Hicksville and sings the title song while eyeing local pitcher Claude's girl. The game. Showboat Dan throws two strikes so hard his catcher is thrown backwards; the turtle catcher uses a stovepipe to send the third strike back to Dan. A Giant batter hits the ball; the Hicksville pitcher loses it in a hailstorm of balls. The Giant batter, a weiner dog, manages to touch two bases at once, thus stretching his hit into a homer. Dan, showboating, lets two strikes go by, then when he hits, preens a while before running, but he still makes his run. Bottom of the ninth, 3-0, 2 outs, Hicksville pitcher Claude at bat. Arrogantly, Dan has walked three batters just to get to him, so bases are loaded. After missing a fast ball and a slow ball, Claude hits his grand-slam homer and keeps his girl, laughing in Dan's face. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first Merrie Melodies cartoon to use "Merrily We Roll Along" as its theme. This cartoon also debuts a blue Warner Bros. shield, which would be used until sometime in 1938. See more »

Goofs

In the setup for the cartoon's finale, the score is supposedly 3-0 Giants. But earlier, with the score at 2-0, Claude gave an in-the-park home run to a dachshund and a four-base error to Dizzy Dan, meaning the score should be 4-0, and Claude's grand slam should have tied the game, not given him the win. A similar, but less game-breaking, math error happened in Baseball Bugs (1946), another Friz Freleng production. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening uses much thinner rings for the "bullseye" graphic and a very off-model Merrie Melodies logo. See more »

Connections

Edited into Porky's Baseball Broadcast (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Kingdom Coming
(uncredited)
aka "The Year of Jubilo"
Music by Henry Clay Work
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every cartoons series must do something with baseball
29 July 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

OK, so the Termite Terrace crowd liked to portray baseball in their cartoons and totally play with it (as seen in "Porky's Baseball Broadcast", "Baseball Bugs" and "Gone Batty"). "Boulevardier from the Bronx" features another twist on the game. This time, suave rooster pitcher Dizzy Dan from New York - he's apparently based on a St. Louis player - arrives in a small town called Hicksville, instantly making the women swoon with his song about being a high society type (this of course makes a local rooster quite angry). The game itself is basically a series of gags; if you've seen any of Warner Bros.'s other baseball-themed cartoons, you'll know what sorts of things to expect.

If nothing else, this cartoon is a look into Warner Bros. animation's early years; at this time, Porky Pig was their top star and Mel Blanc wasn't yet providing the voices. Worth seeing, if only once.


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