Tom steals an egg from a mother's nest, cracks it over a frying pan and then discovers he can have roast duck. But the uncooperative hatchling runs away from the cat and into a mouse hole, where he finds an able protector in Jerry.
When a bulldog threatens Tom to keep away from his puppy, Jerry realizes that sticking close to the boy is the best way to keep away his feline tormentor. But Tom is not about to let the mouse evade him so easily.
Mammy's stepping out for the evening (to play cards, as it turns out). While she's way, the cats will play: in this case, Tom and three of his alley cat friends. Their music keeps Jerry awake, so he takes action. His first strike silences them only long enough for him to return to his hole. They lure him out by restarting the music, and the chase is on: four against one. Jerry holds out for a while, but is soon tied with the cord from the venetian blinds, and the cats resume. Jerry manages to crawl to the phone and call Mammy, who comes running and throws all four cats out. But Jerry's peace is short-lived: Mammy decides to salvage what's left of the evening by listening to some music.Written by
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The title refers to the Saturday Evening Post, a magazine that publishes current event articles, editorials, human interest pieces, humor, illustrations, a letter column, poetry, single-panel gag cartoons and stories by the leading writers that has roots in Benjamin Franklin's The Pennsylvania Gazette that was first published in 1728. The magazine is also well-known for its lavish cover art that include the work of Norman Rockwell. See more »
When the piano-playing cat slides Jerry down the piano, he is sliding Jerry from the right of the keyboard to the left of the keyboard (high notes to low notes). However, the sound coming from the piano appears to be the opposite of what was showing (i.e. low notes to high notes). See more »
[Jerry rings Mammy Two-Shoes while she is playing her bridge game]
Hello? Yes, this is the Lucky Seven Saturday Night Bridge Club. Who? This is her.
A party? At *my* house? Ex-*cuse* me!
[Mammy races home and crashes through the front entrance, taking the door with her. Tom opens the door]
[angrily pointing her finger]
[Tom slams the door on Mammy, leaving her arm sticking through the door; Mammy promptly grabs Tom's tail and throws the cats out of the house]
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A version of this cartoon exists with Mammy Two-Shoes rotoscoped into a young white Irish woman that was done by the Sib Tower 12 Productions in the 1960s. Another version was made in the 1990s with the original footage, but with Mammy Two-Shoes' voice re-dubbed to sound less sterotypical and offensive. Not only that, there's a *third* version that exists which matches the 1960s rotoscoped version with the original Lilolian Randolph soundtrack (inexplicably matching the stereotypical Black voice to the image of the White lady). See more »
Three things make this Tom&Jerry cartoon stand out from the crowd:
We see more of Mammy Two-Shoes than ever, not just her face but also a bit of her social life.
It is one of the relatively few cartoons where Jerry doesn't get a total triumph at the end.
It is filled with good 50's jazz music.
And it is even more. Tom has a whole gang of friends, and the cat(s)-vs-mouse chase, although basically the same as usual, is filled with gags around musical instruments. Jerry is even reshaping into the musical instruments he hear.
Finally, it is one where censorship has done most work, with two revisions, first replacing Mammy Two-Shoes voice with a smoother, bland voice, and then redrawing a lot of it to replace her with a skinny white girl. And every change made it worse (except possibly replacing cards by dancing). I find it hard to see how Mammy Two-Shoes could be severely racist where she is clearly the master of her house, not always obvious in other cartoons, and replacing an overweight middle-aged black woman with an almost anorectic white girl is hardly a step forward, limiting both age, weight and skin color to something considered "right". Is it a good move to remove strong, independent black women from the screen? I know the voice is cliché but nothing more, and many new movies are worse (the new Ladykillers, the Rush Hour series...). If Chris Tucker can make fun of "black language" why can't Mammy Two-Shoes?
So it has all the action and gags of an above average cartoon, but with these unique features on top. Not mind-blowing unique but quite significant.
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