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Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

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>A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production, Vitaphone Pictures
  • A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production, Vitaphone Pictures
  • Animated Characters: Foxy, Roxy, Waiter, Horse, Customer, Mouse, Hippo.
  • Originally Released in Sep of 1931 (Estimate).
  • Production Number: 4645
  • Running Time: 7:06 minutes.
  • Black & White
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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The first Merrie Melodie cartoon from Warner Bros., and thus the first appearances of Foxy and Roxy.

Bob Clampett's first known animation work (he was uncredited).

This cartoon was released two years before Prohibition was repealed. Its public showing was more than likely banned because the entire cartoon revolves around drinking.

"Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" was revived in 1985 on PBS on Season 5, Episode 1 of its "Matinee At The Bijou" series. This goes against Cartoon Network's "Toon Heads" claim of its being the first outlet to show it since the 1930s.

Soundtrack:
  • "A Gay Caballero," Written by Frank Crumit and Lou Klein, Sung by Foxy;
  • "Lady, Play Your Mandolin," Music by Oscar Levant, Lyrics by Irving Caesar, Sung by Various Characters;
  • "Cielito Lindo," Traditional.


Only a few minutes of this cartoon are seen in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection volume 1 documentary. However, it is complete in the DVD Attack of the 30's characters, from Thunderbean.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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After the success of the Bosko Looney Tunes shorts, Leon Schlesinger and the Harman-Ising team decided to create the spin-off series Merrie Melodies. Sort of the prototype for the "music video" as we know it today, these shorts begin their...  (read more)

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Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

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Foxy, a sombrero-wearing Mickey Mouse-ish fox, rides a weird looking horse through the Mexican desert, and stops at a cantina.You know you've got a popular joint when people's beards dance to the music. There he meets a dancing girl fox (think...  (read more)

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