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Detouring America (1939)

This travelogue across America is filled with sight gags such as the 'Old Reliable' geyser spitting into a spittoon, cliff-dwelling Indians who walk horizontally up and down the faces of ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
... Mr. Butterfingers / Cow Puncher / Full-Grown Papoose / Mosquito / Prairie Dog / Prospector / Fawn (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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This travelogue across America is filled with sight gags such as the 'Old Reliable' geyser spitting into a spittoon, cliff-dwelling Indians who walk horizontally up and down the faces of cliffs to get to their homes, and a Texas cow puncher who really punches cows. Also featured is Mr. Butter Fingers, a 'human fly' who climbs the outside of the Empire State Building. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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26 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Blitzschnell durch Amerika  »

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Trivia

Included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Each Dawn I Die (1939). See more »

Crazy Credits

All states depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual states, either Democratic or Republican, is purely co-incidental. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Gander at Mother Goose (1940) See more »

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The Umbrella Man
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Music by Vincent Rose and Larry Stock
Played as the human fly's theme
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First of many "travelogue" cartoons
26 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Back when Tex Avery first did this cartoon, studios regularly produced short subjects in abundance. One of the most frequent and popular types was the "travelogue" which Avery so effectively nails here. The same droning voice-over and cutesy style used here without that big a stretch for parody's sake. Tex Avery sight-gags aplenty. This cartoon spawned a mini-boom in cartoons (not all by Avery) sending up travelogues. As usual, Tex was there first and was the best! One second left on the clock, here comes the alley-oop-it's a touchdown and the band goes wild! Highly recommended.


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