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Greetings Bait (1943)

A worm reminiscent of Jerry Colonna is lowered into the water and uses various guises to lure fish. He also tangles with a crab.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Wacky Worm / Jerry Colonna (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A worm reminiscent of Jerry Colonna is lowered into the water and uses various guises to lure fish. He also tangles with a crab.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La buena carnada See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The worm in this cartoon is a caricature of comedian Jerry Colonna. A regular on The Bob Hope Radio Show, Colonna's weekly greeting to Hope and the audience was, "Greetings, Gates!" See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Wacky Worm: [to crab] You wouldn't be so brave, knave if you weren't wearing that shell to protect you!
Wacky Worm: Ladies and a'gentlemen! The following scenes will be so brutal and a-horrifying, that for the benefit of those with a-faint hearts, weak stomachs and 4-F ratings, we will return you to the surface!
[the battle takes place underwater, when the fisherman brings out the worm he is in bandages]
Wacky Worm: I could be wrong, y'know...
Jerry Colona: Ah yes! Embarrassing, isn't it?
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Connections

Follows The Wacky Worm (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Memories
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by the Wacky Worm as he's setting up the sandwich
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A must for every card-carrying member of the Jerry Colonna fan club.
22 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you are a surviving member of the Jerry Colonna fan club (there are currently six), then this film is a must. If, on the other hand, you are among the 95% of the folks who have no idea WHO Mr. Colonna was, then it is not imperative you see the film--but it is a decent example of an early 40s Looney Tunes film.

Jerry Colonna was a mustachioed singer and comedian that worked mostly with Bob Hope on radio and followed him on his USO tours. He did a few small movie appearances and had a brief TV show. His trademarks were his mustache and huge big-eyed grin. He died in 1986. I've seen him a few times but not enough to really comment on his abilities.

The main character of this short is a worm that looks like Colonna (is THAT a complement?!). The worm is very bright and spends much of the film enticing and then catching fish for his master who is in the boat above. The antics are roughly like those of a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck cartoon and the film ends with a cartoon shot of the comedian (not in worm form).

There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the film's contents. It's middle of the road entertainment for the studio but somehow got Oscar nominated.


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