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Ben and Me (1953)

A mouse tells the story of how he guided Benjamin Franklin to success and prominence.

Director:

Hamilton Luske

Writers:

Robert Lawson (original story), Bill Peet (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sterling Holloway ... Amos Mouse (voice)
Hans Conried ... Tom Jefferson / Crook (voice)
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Storyline

Amos, a poor church mouse, sets out to find work, since his family of 26 is starving. He's rejected by several places and takes refuge in the run-down print shop of Ben Franklin. Quickly, he gives Ben the ideas for the Franklin stove, bifocal lenses, and the newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette as Ben's creditors are threatening to shut him down in 24 hours. The paper is an instant hit and Ben prospers. With Amos hidden in his hat prompting him, Ben seems much brighter than he is. However, when Amos is attached to Ben's kite and gets hit by lighting, he leaves. Later, in the summer of 1776, Ben is desperate and begs Amos to return. He agrees but only if Ben will sign a contract. The next day, as they are beginning their talks, Thomas Jefferson drops by for help with the wording the opening of the Declaration of Independence, and as Ben reads the opening words of the contract, Jefferson says, "That's it!" Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The hysterical saga of Ben Franklin and his revolutionary mouse!


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben i ja See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Amos is drawing up the BINDING contract with Ben, watch the gestures of his tail as he spells out this word. See more »

Goofs

When Amos reads Ben's rough draft of "Poor Richard's Almanac", it indicates a sunset happening at 7:43. However, Amos states in the narration prior to this scene that this is supposed to take place in the winter time, and during that time of the year in this part of the world, sunset usually occurs about three hours before that time. See more »

Quotes

Amos Mouse: Say, Ben, this your paper?
Ben Franklin: That's it, Amos. "Poor Richard's Almanac".
Amos Mouse: [Amos reads the paper] "Sunrise: 6:22, Sunset: 7:43, High Tide: 4:20... a cat in gloves catches no mice..." Huh! "Poor Richard's Almanac." Poor, indeed.
Ben Franklin: But Amos, consider all the information...
Amos Mouse: Information! Ben, when the sun's up, it's up! Why read about it?
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A favorite literary short from my childhood

I have always loved films (animated and live action) and theatrical shorts based on books. This is one of my favorite literary shorts from my childhood, because I've watched it a bunch of times as a kid; I've even read the book too.

This short has a great cast featuring Sterling Holloway as Amos Mouse/Narrator, Charles Ruggles as Benjamin Franklin; Hans Conried as Thomas Jefferson, I love the talents of Hans. I also love why they joined paintings and the animated characters in the backgrounds - excellent work! I recommended this short those who literary shorts and films like me.


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