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Wise Flies (1930)

A hillbilly sleeps; atop his bald head, flies have constructed a playground. Other flies ski-jump off his nose. A couple is having a picnic when a spider drops in; the boy runs away as the ... See full summary »

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Dave Fleischer
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A hillbilly sleeps; atop his bald head, flies have constructed a playground. Other flies ski-jump off his nose. A couple is having a picnic when a spider drops in; the boy runs away as the girl fends off the spider. The spider slinks home and reports the news to his wife: "No flies." A fly goes by in an airplane; he picks up a girl fly that is passing by, but when he gets fresh, she slaps him. He throws her out of the plane, and she lands in the spider's web. The spider, elated, starts playing a tune on the web like a guitar. The fly joins in, but when she shows the spider her shoulder, the spider's wife sternly orders him: "No flies." Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1930 (USA) See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Mono
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The spider's vocals for "Some of These Days" were taken directly from a 1929 recording of the song by Eddie Peabody. See more »

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Listen to the Mocking Bird
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Played at the beginning while the man sleeps
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From the Spider's Perspective
4 December 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Granted, these houseflies are supposed to be cute (ugh, filthy creatures), but we need to remember the food chain. As big and ugly as the spider is, he is trying to feed his family and is having no success with his web. All that aside, this has some really nice jazz/blues music as the spider sings romantically to the pretty female fly. This sets the scene for more Fleischer cartoons.


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