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Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)

Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all ... See full summary »

Directors:

Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng (uncredited)

Writer:

Jack Miller (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Town Crier / Praying Baby / Rip Van Winkle / Emily Host / Alladin (voice) (uncredited)
The Four Blackbirds The Four Blackbirds ... Vocal Group (archive sound) (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes Delos Jewkes ... Old King Cole (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... W. C. Fields (voice) (uncredited)
Georgia Stark Georgia Stark ... Whistler's Mother / Heidi (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free. They are soon chased by horsemen from The Charge of the Light Brigade and Under Two Flags and beset by the cannons of All Quiet on the Western Front. All this disturbs the sleep of Rip Van Winkle, who opens Hurricane so that everyone is (all together now) Gone with the Wind. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Have You Got Any Castles See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the many entertainment personalities caricatured in relation to book titles are: Bill Robinson/The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greta Garbo/So Big, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, The Mills Brothers/The Green Pastures, William Powell/The Thin Man, Clark Gable/The House of the Seven Gables, Paul Muni/The Story of Louis Pasteur, Charles Laughton/Mutiny on the Bounty, Victor McLaglen/The Informer, W.C. Fields/So Red the Nose [sic], and Ned Sparks/Rip Van Winkle. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Jekyll is spelled Dr. Jekyl in the opening. See more »

Quotes

Town Crier: Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. Tonight the muses sing and we harken to Pan as with sweetly piping lute, he winds up through a delightful phantasmagoria with the deathless heroes of legend and history and the entrancing figures of fiction and fantasy. And, first among our illustrious hosts, we want you to meet...
Town Crier: This is your town crier again. the music fades and the departing celebrants bid us adieu, happy with the memories of the book land frolic. All is well. All is well.
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Connections

References Varsity Show (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played when the audience first cheers and claps and at the end
Sung by the Three Musketeers and others
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Old classic
31 May 2008 | by RoamingTigressSee all my reviews

I have always loved this short, ever since I was a little girl. I had a copy of it on VHS along with a few others, but this one was always my favorite. I was very disenhearted when my father donated the VHS that this short was on to the library, as he felt then 11 year old me was "too old" for cartoons. After many years of having not seen it, however, I was tickled when I found it in a DVD set. I enjoyed it as much as I did then, if not more so.

I would recommend "Have You Got Any Castles" to anyone. It is cleverly put together and well done, and the caricatures are spot on. The animation is colourful and very well done, with more creativity put into this than many modern animated features today.


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