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The Clock Watcher (1945)

Donald Duck shirks his duties while working as a gift wrapper in a department store.


Jack King


Harry Reeves (story), Rex Cox (story)


Uncredited cast:
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Donald Duck is late to work, he works for Royal Bros gift wrapping. He plays with the toys and breaks many of them as he gift wraps them, he yells at his boss. His biggest challenge is getting Jack-in-the-box closed which he struggles with it and fails many times including sliding across the table through gift boxes, clamping it with the clamp tool but ends up getting a pie piece in his head, finally he is hammering stakes on the floor, only to have it break through the floor, Donald pulls it out and manages to switch his clothes with Jack-in-the-box wearing his shirt and hat while Donald wears Jacks clown costume and quits work. Written by CrosswalkX

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Did You Know?


The sound effect used for the Jack-in-the-box in Donald Duck "The Clock Watcher" 1945, is also used in the 1994 Living Books PC game "Little Monster at School" when on page 17, the player can click on the school roof, the roof changes color and uses the exact same sound effect that this cartoon uses. See more »


When Donald Duck shoves the rubber ball into the speaker horn, The speaker horn shoots out the ball and misses Donald Duck and his blue hat, It then hits the clamp, causing the Jack-in-the-box to hit Donald Ducks head into his pie piece and his blue sailor hat disappears while he's wearing his pie hat. Also the pie piece is facing the wrong way and the red pie juice disappears after Donald's head is in the pie piece. See more »


Boss through the speaking pipe: Attention, Royal Workers, I have some good news!
Donald Duck: Wow!
[a thought appears over his head with the word BONUS and a sack filling with money]
Boss through the speaking pipe: Production has increased in every single department.
Donald Duck: Oh!
[smiles and rubs his hands together]
Boss through the speaking pipe: Except one.
Donald Duck: [the sack in his thought stops filling] Huh?
Boss through the speaking pipe: The gift wrapping department.
Donald Duck: [the sack of money in his thought empties and the thought disappears as he looks to the speaking pipe angrily] Is that so?
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Alternate Versions

In the 1983 "A Disney Channel Christmas Special." The Clock Watcher has been cut down to 5 minutes and 10 seconds with scenes cut out including,
  • The clock bell ringing and Donald Duck running late to work.
  • Donald Duck clocking into work with a magnet.
  • Donalds head transforming into a wolf head howling at the woman statue.
  • The Royal Brothers boss singing the Royal Loyal Work song and Donald Duck losing his temper.
  • The part where the Royal Brothers boss says "Yes sir, and we're gonna do something about it." has been cut out.
  • Donald Duck running upstairs in his clown costume excited to leave only to find out he has to finish wrapping the gifts, runs upstairs to beat up his boss and the speaker pipe falls apart, has also been cut out.
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Featured in A Disney Christmas Gift (1983) See more »


Royal Work Song
Music by Oliver Wallace
Lyrics by Rex Cox and Oliver Wallace
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User Reviews

Shame one for Donald
16 March 2018 | by m-86730See all my reviews

This is a not a quite good Donald's film, it was unreliastic, what's more, was that Donald acted not quite well, not funny gags, and it only treated Donald more roughly, a clock watcher, Um.

Donald surely looked like a clock watcher, not did well in the job, threw into tantrum, and more, but I did like the end when the boss was beaten by Donald, which what happened next is ambiguous. That only comforted me a bit, I'm afraid.

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Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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