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The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)

Daffy Duck pitches to J.L. Warner a starring role with himself in a ridiculously over the top swashbuckler film.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Sylvester / Highwayman / J.L. / Elmer Fudd (voice)
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Storyline

Daffy tries to sell movie studio head J.L. his script for a swashbuckler set in Merry Olde England, a plot involving a maiden in distress, a scheming Chamberlain, an evil Grand Duke and a dashing masked hero (to be played by Daffy, of course). Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daffy Duck in 'The Scarlet Pumpernickel' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Daffy Duck's full name is listed on the script as "Daffy Dumas Duck." "Dumas" is the surname of two authors (Alexandre Dumas, Pere, and Alexandre Dumas, Fils) of nineteenth century novels used as the bases for swashbuckling films, so this may merely be a reference to the father and son, and not Daffy's actual middle name. See more »

Goofs

When Daffy is reading the script to J.L., his position changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daffy Duck: You're killing me! I'm being murdered! I can't stand this torture anymore! I'm dying, you're killing me! I'm telling you, J.L., you're typecasting me to death - comedy, always comedy. Ha ha, woo-hoo, woo-hoo, yuk yuk! Honest, J.L., you just gotta give me a dramatic part.
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Connections

Featured in Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by R. Melish
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Thou fair cartoon! Mel Blanc and Chuck Jones have rescued thee from boredom!
28 November 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

We've all seen the images of up-and-coming writers trying to pitch their work to studio heads. Well, in "The Scarlet Pumpernickel", Daffy Duck is trying to pitch his 2,000-page script to studio head J.L. The script casts Daffy as the Scarlet Pumpernickel, an 18th-century rogue. Seeking to trap the guy, the dastardly Lord High Chamberlain (Porky Pig) comes up with a most devious scheme: marry fair maiden Melissa off to the unpleasant Grand Duke (Sylvester the Cat). So, it all comes down to a sword-fight between Daffy and Sylvester.

Actually, it doesn't come down to that. Daffy never wrote an ending, and so at the spur of the moment, he comes up with an ending that seems a little strange to put in a cartoon. But, as he notes, that's apparently what you have to do to sell a script these days. The cartoon makes fun not only of movies starring Errol Flynn (whom Daffy mentions by name), but also of everything Hollywood-related. Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, and that whole team probably knew all about such things. Another classic cartoon.


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