This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out ... See full summary »
It's the first game in the baseball series between the Yankee Doodlers and the Draft Dodgers. The pitcher uses the variety of equipment and a variety of pitches to thwart the opposing batters, resulting in an unusual game of baseball that often resembles things other than baseball. The crowd is generally happy with the outcome, except one fan who blames everything on the umpire. The team in the field may use one trick too many which results in a sad ending.Written by
The action takes place at "W.C. Field," which obviously takes its name from W.C. Fields. The line "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more" under it clearly alludes to the fact that writer Rich Hogan had already left MGM (though he returned in 1948) when work on the cartoon was in progress. See more »
Person in Crowd:
Kill the Umpire! Get him outta there! KILL the umpire! Kill the...
[a gunshot is heard, and everybody stands as "Taps" plays for a moment of silence]
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The main credits (including the MGM lion) don't appear until a character asks to see them. See more »
Being a Tex Avery cartoon, I wasn't surprised this was clever and had some laughs. Tex was one of the best.
This baseball story is played at "W.C. Field." (We then see a disclaimer stating "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more.")
The game pits "The Yankee Doodlers" versus "The Draft Dodgers." As you can tell, this one is REALLY corny....but it sure is fun to watch. It's another of those baseball cartoons that mainly feature the pitcher, his assortment of pitches, and problems with the batter and umpire. This one also has a strange, "sad" ending!
This animated short was one of the features in the Jimmy Stewart baseball movie, "The Stratton Story" DVD.
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