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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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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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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: What's up, dogs?
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Soundtracks

The Bowery
(uncredited)
Music by Percy Gaunt
Played during the establishing shot of New York and the window box
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Manhattan, despite his Brooklyn-Bronx accent
3 April 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In his first before-he-was-famous story (followed by "What's Up, Doc?"), Bugs Bunny tells a never-seen reporter of how he grew up in New York City and had to defend himself against a gang of tough dogs. Not surprisingly, the wascawwy wabbit makes mincemeat out of the dastardly canines no matter what the situation.

I would actually say that it's a little strange that they have Bugs grow up in Manhattan. After all, he's partly famous for his Brooklyn-Bronx accent; it's part of what gives him his edge. Then again, maybe I shouldn't dwell on that. The point is that this is a really cool classic cartoon. Definitely worth seeing.

I wonder what was with the accent that Bugs put on at the beginning of the interview.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Hase aus Manhattan See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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