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Rhapsody in Rivets (1941)

A construction foreman conducts his workers like a symphony orchestra as they build a skyscraper, musically.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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At a busy urban construction site, an appreciative crowd of gawkers watches the foreman use the building plans as his score and conduct the workmen in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, a symphony of riveting, hammering, sawing, and more. The workmen are dogs in human clothes. Elevators, picks, shovels, and a steam shovel are instruments in music making and construction. As the clock nears 5:00 PM, the crew works furiously, and the Umpire State Building rises toward the clouds. With the pennant planted at the top and the work completed, the foreman takes a bow. Droopy leaves last, closing the door behind him. Is the rhapsody over or are there still a few bars to play? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Konsert i tre byggsatser See more »

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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

Rhapsody in Rivets (1941)'s background was a musical composition of Franz Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody that was in two later shorts, Bugs Bunny's Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Cat Concerto (1947) that won an Academy Award. See more »


Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Music by Franz Liszt
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Brilliance! sheer brilliance!
14 October 2005 | by TheshapeshifterSee all my reviews

When I first watched this cartoon short ages ago, I was amazed by the film itself. Such a hilarious cartoon playing out to the tune of a classical song, there are few of.

The story is that of a foreman, who is a lion, who "conducts" a group of human-like animal construction workers to build the tallest building, the Umpire State Building, a clear parody on the Empire State Building. While the animal workers strive to build this construction, hilarity quickly ensues in the form of the workers messing up each others' workings and a multitude of hilarious events which make this cartoon short well worth watching! I recommend it to all who enjoy a good musical parody.


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