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The Alley Cat (1941)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Short | 5 July 1941 (USA)
An alley cat spies a high-class female cat on her balcony and falls for her. Her butler sends the family bulldog to deal with the alley cat, but the cat's too clever.

Director:

Hugh Harman (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Society Cat (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Lang Harry Lang ... Alley Cat (voice) (uncredited)
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A penthouse-dwelling society kitty finds herself attracted to the black cat serenading her from the alley. The pompous butler sends the bulldog after him, but the cat is too tricky and the dog is too easily intimidated. The alley cat eventually makes his way into the apartment where he and the rich feline dance to "La cucaracha" on the radio. The bulldog returns to continue the battle, resulting in the complete destruction of the apartment. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1941 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included as an extra on the 'Love Crazy' DVD, disc 5 of the 5-film 'TCM Spotlight: Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection'. See more »

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La Cucaracha
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played when the cats dance
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Sub-"Tom and Jerry" antics fill out this obese nine-and-a-half minute cartoon
14 July 2010 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

A penthouse-dwelling society kitty finds herself attracted to the black cat serenading her from the alley. The pompous butler sends the bulldog after him, but the cat is too tricky and the dog is too easily intimidated. The alley cat eventually makes his way into the apartment where he and the rich feline dance to "La cucaracha" on the radio. The bulldog returns to continue the battle, resulting in the complete destruction of the apartment.

The animation is typically lush for this Hugh Harman production, but the story, gags and characterizations are also typically weak. Any short piece of this film would make it look sprightly and amusing, but the plot has no momentum and the whole thing is an obese nine-and-a-half minutes, when cartoon short subjects of the day were typically six to seven minutes. The alley cat has an annoying Donald Duck-like voice, which the society cat, for some reason, adopts at odd times. The film looks especially weak next to the "Tom and Jerry" series, which was just about to begin officially. "Tom and Jerry," in fact, did variations on this particular story several times, and each time did it far better.


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