Pigs Is Pigs (1954) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Flannery is a station master who does everything by the book. One day, a package of guinea pigs arrives at his station. Flannery assumes by their name that they are pigs but one customer, McMorehouse, who wishes to purchase refuses to pay 48 cents for pigs because he thinks they are pets and should be 44 cents. Flannery decides to write to the head office and asks if they are pigs or pets. While waiting for an answer, the pigs begin to multiply. After a few days, the station is literally filled with guinea pigs and Flannery finally realizes they are pets, not pigs. He goes to McMorehouse's home to deliver them but McMorehouse has moved. Flannery decides to send all the guinea pigs to the head office and learns his lesson about handling pets. Says Flannery, "If the animals come in singles or if they come in sets, if they've got four feet and they're alive, they'll be classified as pets!"

  • A stubbornly officious station master's stand-off with a miserly customer over the shipping rate for transporting guinea pigs gets completely out of hand.


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  • In 1905 at the Westcoate Railway Station, a fellow named Flannery does everything directly by the book.

    When he takes receipt of a package of guinea pigs for Mr. McMorehouse, a dispute between the two arises. McMorehouse says that they are 'pets,' and should be charged the 44-cent rate. Flanery claims that since they are 'pigs,' the 48-cent rate applies. Flanery tells McMorehouse that he will need to wire this question to the main railroad office, and must hold onto the guinea pigs until they deliver a response.

    As Flanery's request is channeled through the company, the two guinea pigs multiply, soon overfilling the railway station. Finally, a response comes from the main office, saying that the guinea pigs should have the 44-cent rate applied. Flanery rushes to McMoorehouse's place, but find that the fellow doesn't live there anymore. With noone to take receipt of the package, Flanery wires the main office for a solution. One of the office boys makes a suggestion that since there is noone to pick up the package, the contents should be delivered to the railroad office. Flanery sends all the guinea pigs to the main office (1,000,002 of them!), and is finally rid of them.

    Having survived the ordeal, Flanery vows that in the future, any animal that comes through his railway depot, will simply be classified as a 'pet.'

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