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Doctor Quack is doing an operation, and Daffy is his assistant. Things start out sedately enough, with Daffy asking for quiet in various ways. Then the operation starts, and after handing ... See full summary »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Switchboard Operator (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Dr. Quack (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Doctor Quack is doing an operation, and Daffy is his assistant. Things start out sedately enough, with Daffy asking for quiet in various ways. Then the operation starts, and after handing over instruments at a ever-increasing pace, Daffy loses it and is ejected. He gets his head stuck in an iron lung, and feels the effects for a while. Daffy goes in search of a patient of his own, and Porky happens to walk by in time to fall victim to Daffy's mallet. Daffy hits himself on the head and has a consultation with the second and third image of himself. They agree to operate; Daffy chases Porky, and they both get stuck in the iron lung. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tohtori Sorsa ja Putte Possu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Neither Robert Clampett nor Chuck Jones cared much for this short, not because they thought it was bad, but because it used an iron lung as a gag prop at a time when polio deaths were on the rise. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Quack: [preparing to operate] I must have it quiet!
Daffy Duck: [reading signs aloud as he holds them up] SHHH! Shut yo' mouf! Zol zayn sha! Silence is FOO! Hoo-HOO!
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 by having every other frame traced over onto a cel. Each redrawn cel was painted in color and then photographed over a colored reproduction of each original background. Needless to say, the animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method. The cartoon was colorized again in 1995, this time with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Patient Porky (1940) See more »

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Love Is on the Air Tonight
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even cartoon characters have "before they were stars" resumes
14 June 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Obviously, the creative process means that you don't necessarily start out perfectly. As one of Daffy Duck's earliest appearances, "The Daffy Doc" is a prime example. Daffy plays an orderly who, after some mishaps, gets thrown out of an operating room. Determined to find a patient, he enlists Porky Pig (against the latter's will). Since Daffy is quite literally a "quack", the operation involves no anesthetic.

The cartoon seems a little less than what we're used to with the Looney Tunes cartoons, but it's still pretty funny. The best part is Daffy's (and later Daffy's and Porky's) unpleasant experience with the iron lung; it shows how "inflation" is more than an economic term.

I wouldn't be surprised if, when people first watched this cartoon, they forgot that the country was going through a depression.


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