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The Butcher Boy (1932)




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26 September 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
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Some Cats are Bad, Other "Cats" Can Be Good
20 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

This 1932 Pooch the Pup entry is based on a very simple idea; Pooch gets a call from his girl -- who doesn't seem to have a name -- ordering one chicken, please. So Pooch goes to the back of his butcher shop and selects one, and understandably the chicken in question is less than cooperative in going along with the idea, but ends up in the basket. At Pooch's girl's house both Pooch and chicken face off with the pet cat, who is particularly conniving; the cat winds up running off with the chicken. Pooch's girl gets knocked out, and the cat manages to hook Pooch up to a tether that sends him careening through various household objects and down the side of a tall building. It all happens with no real rhyme or reason, and watching at least the first time can be a bit of a chore as it is hard to follow; the lack of distinctive character designs on subsidiary players in the story can make events confusing. Nevertheless, James Dietrich's score has about three exceptionally good minutes of music in it, with some hot players; without naming names, these appear to be well-known soloists though speculating as to who is something best reserved for further research.

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