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A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947)

Bugs Bunny relates his early life in the Manhattan tenements and spotlights his encounter with a gang of canine toughs.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writers:

Michael Maltese (story), Tedd Pierce (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Spike / Dogs (voice)
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Storyline

The sycophantic newsreel reporter Lola Beverly wants Bugs Bunny's life story. The great Hollywood star tells of his humble beginnings in the tenements of Manhattan. We see poor Bugs terrorized by a gang of canine toughs led by a bullying bulldog who smokes a cigar and wears a derby and a turtleneck sweater. He's subjected to a cruel "dog pile on the rabbit," but our wily Bugs soon turns the tables on these toughs. Bugs subjects his main tormenter to pies in his face; a confusing performance in front of an Egyptian cigarette billboard; a fall from the top of a building; and an embarrassing entanglement in a series of clotheslines. Bugs Bunny finds his real saviors are Betty Smith and a book title calculated to win the heart of any New York bow-wow. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Hase aus Manhattan See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title is a play on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," a coming-of-age novel set in early twentieth century Brooklyn. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [as Spike is hanging by his fingers on the clothesline, Bugs proceeds to loosen each finger] Mhm... this wittle piddy went to market... this wittle piddy stayed home... this wittle piggy had roast beef.
[Spike falls]
Bugs Bunny: Well, what do you know, ran out of piddies! Gee, ain't I a stinker?
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Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the pan of the Hollywood movie colony
Also played when Bugs emerges from his hole all tidied up
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Bugs' Backstory Is Told
28 October 2017 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

There were a couple cartoons done in the late 40's where Bugs Bunny told his backstory. "What's Up Doc?" (released in 1950) tells of Bugs' start in show business. This short tells of his upbringing in the lower east side of New York.

Nothing is related though on how Bugs became who he is. Instead, Bugs relates an encounter with a gang of Bowery Boys-esque dogs. As with many of Bugs' adversaries, he manages to outsmart them at every turn, chiefly their leader.

Based on the sound of the cue that plays over the opening credits, one presumes that this backstory takes place at the turn of the century, considering that's when the song "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" dates to, but there's nothing else that suggests so. My favorite part of this short was always the rendition of that song.

Bugs Bunny was in his prime during the late 40's and this is one of his best shorts of this period.


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