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The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942)

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

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Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story) (as Ted Pierce)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Dora Standpipe (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Dan Backslide / Telegraph Boy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish John McLeish ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Tom Dover (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
Marjorie Tarlton Marjorie Tarlton ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
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A 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon depicting the exploits of the Dover Boys, Tom, Dick and Larry (of Pimento University), and their rescue of dainty Dora Standpipe (of Miss Cheddar's Female Academy) from the clutches of coward, bully, cad and thief Dan Backslide. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dover Boys See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Backslide is a caricature of Warner Bros. animator Ken Harris. See more »

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[Dan Backslide notices a old car parked in front of the pool hall]
Dan Backslide: A runabout. I'll steal it! NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!
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Featured in Hazbin Hotel: Pilot (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
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A very unique classic
16 August 2006 | by matlefebvre20See all my reviews

"The Dover Boys at Pimento University" tells the story of three brothers who attend the same university, although they're all very different. Tom Dover is the trio's leader and he might be the muscles too. Dick is a small sharp man who is supposed to be the brains. Larry is the younger of the three and he looks like Dopey from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".

They all have a common fiancée, who is Dainty Dora Standpipe, a typical Southern girl, shaped like a candle. They also have a rival. He happens to be Dan Backslide, one of the most hilarious cartoon villains I've seen for a very long time.

Backslide kidnaps Dainty Dora while the boys play a silly game of hide-and-seek.

The cartoon lasts for about ten minutes, which is surprisingly long for that kind of medium. But the story is well developed and the plot is good from the beginning to the end. The characters are all memorable. The Dover boys are funny, mainly because of their dumbness. Dainty Dora is a two-way clihé: the Southern girl and the damsel in distress. The best performance comes from blue-skinned Dan Backslide, who is a hilarious villain.

"The Dover Boys at Pimento University" is a hidden classic from Merrie Melodies. Its brown atmosphere, its funny characters and its long and elaborate plot make it an invaluable cartoon from the Golden Age.


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