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Symphony in Slang (1951)

At the gates of Heaven, the admitting officials have a hard time understanding a newcomer's life story with all his contemporary slang.

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Rich Hogan (story)

Star:

John Brown
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
John Brown John Brown ... The Hipster / Noah Webster (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Various saints are logging details of everyone entering Heaven, but because they're a bit out of touch with early 1950s slang, they come up with some very strange impressions of a recently deceased young man's life when he describes it to them. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nimm's wörtlich! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (original release)| Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (re-release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's, animation Producer Fred Quimby was originally opposed to making this cartoon. But animation director, Tex Avery, used his witty vocabulary and convinced Quimby, by telling him that there was nothing else ready at the time for animation production, at M-G-M. See more »

Quotes

The Hipster: I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
[the Hipster's first remark to Noah Webster]
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Connections

References The Cuckoo Clock (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

On Green Dolphin Street
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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In many ways, a typical Tex Avery cartoon but also different
13 February 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This cartoon is typical of Tex Avery in that there are a lot of sight gags, but is atypical in that the running monologue is as important to the humor as the sight gags are. Avery cartoons tend to be more weighted towards visual gags and placed less emphasis on verbal humor, but the premise of the short-how slang would seem to someone who didn't understand what was meant-required a more verbally oriented approach. In less rational moments, I wonder what Avery would make of some modern expressions. Then I go lie down until the feeling goes away. Recommended.


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