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You Were Never Duckier (1948)

Finding that the prize for best duck at the National Poultry Show is only $5.00, but $5,000 for the best rooster, Daffy disguises himself as one, but then becomes the object of Henery Hawk's chicken hunt.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Henery Hawk / Rooster / George K. Chickenhawk / Contest Moderator (voice)
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Storyline

In an early example of his greedy side, Daffy Duck is insulted when he learns the National Poultry Contest only awards $5 for the best duck, but $5,000 for the best rooster. Daffy disguises himself as a rooster and decides to enter. However, he attracts the attention not of the judges but of Henery Hawk and his father, George K. Chickenhawk. It isn't long before the faux rooster is abducted by the hungry chickenhawks, and Daffy pleads fruitlessly that he is, in fact, NOT a rooster but a duck. Daffy then realizes the contest is about to start, makes a hasty retreat to the auditorium and loses both the $5,000 prize and a $5 prize (for the best duck) to his predators (who are both disguised appropriately, young Henery pretending to be a duck and quacking happily at his small prize). Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le meilleur coq See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Daffy Duck: Get a load of this gorgeous plumage! I'm a genuine Red Island Rhode chicken.
Henery Hawk: Is dat what you are?
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I'd Be Lost Without You
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Music by Sunny Skylar
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'I Came All The Way From Dubuque ForThis?'
5 November 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Pretending to be someone or something you aren't, is never a good idea. Daffy Duck finds that out here, big-time, as greed ruins him once again.

Little "Henery Hawk" shares the billing with Daffy Duck. I've seen this opening theme in at least one other Looney Tune but I can't remember which one. It involves the main character (it might have been Bugs Bunny) being insulted because his species value at decidedly less than something else.

Here, Daffy is insulted because he's worth only $5 while a rooster is worth $5,000, in a National Poultry Show contest for "best rooster" and "best duck" in some big city. "I came all the way from Dubuque (Iowa) for this?," asks Daffy. His plan is to pretend to be a rooster so he can win the "5,000 smackeroonies."

Putting a crimp into his plans is little Henery, who wants to impress his chicken-hawk father by capturing a chicken. He heads out to the show and you know who sees first and brings home to papa!

The bulk of the story, then, is Daffy is trying to save his skin from Henerey's father. Some of the sight gags in that segment are good, and the ending is very cute, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.


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