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Bowery Bugs (1949)

When Steve Brodie jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 he needed a rabbit's foot for good luck. He wanted one of Bugs'.

Director:

Arthur Davis

Writers:

Lloyd Turner (story), Bill Scott (story) (as William Scott)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Old Man / Little Pool Hall Man (voice)
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Storyline

Bugs Bunny tells an old man the story of Steve Brodie, who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 and survived. Brodie was a down-on-his luck gambler, who decided to get himself a rabbit's foot for good luck. Happening upon Bugs, Brodie is instead convinced by the cagey rabbit that he needs a different type of good luck charm. Unfortunately for Brodie, each suggestion by Bugs results in more bad lack for the Irishman. Finally driven crazy by the site of Bugs in so many disguises, the goofy gambler takes his plunge off the bridge. At the end the old man, satisfied by the story, agrees to buy the Brooklyn Bridge from Bugs! Written by Mike Konczewski

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn Bridge Bunny See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When asked when he was born Brody says he doesn't remember. Brodie in real life was born on July 23. This makes his correct zodiac sign Cancer, which is located just to the right of "Lobo" [sic], the selected incorrect sign on Bugs' spin wheel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bugs Bunny: This is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. 133 feet high, 1,500 feet long. Contains hundreds of miles of cable. From it, Steve Brody made his sensational leap into the East River.
Old Man: [chuckling] What in tarnation did he do that for?
Bugs Bunny: I'm glad you asked that, friend. It happened in 1886, when Steve Brody had a terrific run of luck...
[laughs]
Bugs Bunny: ... all bad! Then one day, an idea - he needed a good luck charm. But what? Right, a rabbit's foot! But where to find a rabbit in the big city? Nope, ...
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Connections

References Bone Sweet Bone (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
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Music by Nat Ayer
Played when Brodie approaches the woman
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Wise-cracking Bugs carries an average cartoon
19 March 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Bugs tells the story of the luckless Steve Brodie who, in 1886, decided he needed a good luck charm to break his run of bad luck. There is a plaque by Brooklyn Bridge to commemorate him jumping from there - an event, we learn, that was caused by Bugs outwitting him when Brodie decided he would adopt a rabbit's foot as his charm.

Bugs Bunny doing his well loved wise cracking, tricky stuff is always worth seeing and here it is pretty much the saviour of a cartoon that trades almost entirely on Bugs' New York mannerisms and con-appeal. The plot sets time back simply to set up the punchline (which works well so no problem), and the material is the usual stuff we've come to expect from Bugs. He dresses up, he is everywhere at once and he runs rings out the luckless Brodie. It is pretty funny but it doesn't quite have as much in the way of imagination as one would hope for from Bugs.

Bugs is the saviour here and he really carries the short himself. He is omnipresent, one step ahead and very funny. Brodie is OK as a big Irish thug but I prefer Bugs' partners to have a bit more to them that simply being a patsy.

Overall this is still worth seeing as Bugs is on good form - it's just a shame the material lacks the spark and imagination that so many of his cartoons thrive on.


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