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The Old Army Game (1943)

Private Donald is caught going AWOL and Sgt. Pete is waiting in his barraks for him.

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Private Donald Duck has snuck off base for some unauthorized R&R. But his clever ruse (a dummy and a sound effects record) don't fool Sergeant Pete, who's waiting for him when he sneaks back in. Donald hides in one of three boxes and plays the shell game for a while, until Pete throws the box with Donald along the top of a sharp fence, sawing it in half. Donald lands in a hole, and both he and Pete think he's been sawed in half, for a while. Donald discovers he's OK, but his joy is shortlived when Pete gives chase (a chase slowed considerably by the 35 MPH national speed limit). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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5 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Sgt. Pete: [pretending to be a fellow cadet] We sure pulled one on the sarge, didn't we, pal?
Donald Duck: Heh heh, yeah, we sure pulled one over alright.
[Pete flexes his arm muscles to mess with Donald's head, Donald gets up to see Pet's arm and following to Pete's face where they meet eye to eye]
Donald Duck: WAK!
Sgt. Pete: Yeah, it's me.
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Probably my favourite Donald Duck Cartoon
9 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one short that has to be seen to be believed.

It is very outlandish. And not something would could imagine seeing in a cartoon today... well not entirely true... but not a cartoon with such a beloved cartoon icon such as Donald Duck.

Donald Duck contemplating suicide has to be one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Ever. Not just in cartoons, but any medium. It was something I never thought I'd see. Especially in this legitimate Walt Disney adventure. But I'm glad I did. In context... always remember the context of war, people.

This is maybe something you would not want to show your kids. It is available of the Walt Disney: On the front Lines collection, released in May 2004, but knowing Disney, is probably out of print by now.


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