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The Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939)

After a series of vegetable disappearances,a potato policeman goes out to catch the kidnappers.


Dave Fleischer


Jack Mercer


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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Irish Potato Cop / Snoring Onions (voice) (uncredited)


Crime strikes the vegetable world when Mrs. Mama Carrot awakens and finds her children have been carrot-napped. She summons the Irish-Potato Police and they are soon on the trail of the culprit. But the various suspects they round up, and grill, aren't the criminals. They finally track down the guilty parties, who turn out to be a gang of mice in disguise. Thrown into a third-degree mousetrap, the mice soon confess. Bleeding Heart Warning: This cartoon contains racial stereotypes (an Irish potato), and cruelty to vegetables...and mice. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Potato policeman: We'll fry ya.
Egg: I'm hard boiled, the yolk's on you.
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Edited into Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

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Boy did I HATE this cartoon
9 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's rare that I see an old cartoon that I hate, but the Fleischer brothers (Paramount Studios) managed to bring out the old crank in me with this AWFUL short! And, the only reason it gets a score of 2 is because the basic concept is creative and the animation isn't bad--it's the execution that left me wanting to throw something at the TV! The cartoon involves a ton of talking vegetables who have faces, arms and legs, etc. And, about 500,000 times through this short cartoon they resort to the stupidest and most grating puns I have ever heard--often with two, three or four all strung together. I honestly think this cartoon COULD have been our secret weapon against Hitler in WWII if we had thought about it--it's THAT bad.


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