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Speaking of the Weather (1937)

It's midnight at the bookstore and all the book and magazine characters are coming to life. When a bulldog from an adventure book uses a Boswell Sisters-like performance by girls in a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Conductor / Cholly Jam / Walter Snitchall (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Public Enemy #1 / Judge (voice) (uncredited)
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It's midnight at the bookstore and all the book and magazine characters are coming to life. When a bulldog from an adventure book uses a Boswell Sisters-like performance by girls in a travel magazine as a distraction to rob a bank, he is chased, caught, and sentenced to, of course "Life" (the magazine). But there's also a conveniently placed "Escape" magazine.... Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1937 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Screen Magazine" page with Hugh Herbert in cartoon form giggling and clapping his hands also shows a write-up listing two valid screen credits of his -- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Sing Me a Love Song (1936) -- as well as "The CooCoo Nut Grove" (1936), another cartoon in which he is caricatured. See more »

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Spoofs The Thin Man (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Night
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Music by Harry Warren
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Tashlin's Literary Trilogy pt. 1
29 October 2017 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

In the early years of the WB cartoon studio, the gimmick was popular music. The Looney Tunes featured a popular star and the Merrie Melodies plugged a pop tune from a WB musical.

One of the genres that was introduced at the start of the Merrie Melodies series was the book come to life cartoons (or sometimes product labels). After closing, characters would come out of books to sing and dance. A villain would start trouble, only for the other characters to defeat him.

Frank Tashlin started directing Merrie Melodies in 1937, starting with this title. He took inspiration from Harman-Ising's cartoons of this genre and would do a trilogy over the next year. The title song and most of the tunes featured on the soundtrack come from the WB musical GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 (1936).

One interesting thing about these cartoons, is that it offers a glimpse into popular American culture of the year the respective cartoon was released. In this case, popular celebrities, magazine covers, and music.

Tashlin is known for bigger and better things, especially in animation, but this is a fairly good entry in his filmography. I've always loved the fast paced rendition of "All's Fair In Love And War" that plays while the convict is in hot pursuit.

Tashlin's other entries in his trilogy are HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES? and YOU'RE AN EDUCATION (both 1938), which also give some interesting glimpses into popular American culture of the late 1930's.


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