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The Fifth-Column Mouse

Alternate Title: Fifth Column Mouse

The Fifth-Column Mouse (Fifth Column Mouse) (1943) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series The Fifth-Column Mouse

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>Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Animated Characters: Fifth-Column Mouse, Three Mice, Cat.
  • Originally Released in 1943.
  • Production Number: 913.
    Blue Ribbon: 1182.
    MPAA: 8512
  • Running Time: 7:32 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Alternate Title: "Fifth Column Mouse."

Release Dates:


  • Mar 6, 1943- Original Release
  • Apr 22, 1950- Blue Ribbon Reissue

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The dot-dot-dot-dash that the mouse shaves into the cat is Morse code for a "V for Victory".

The cat is portrayed with stereotypical derogatory Japanese features in a non-PC scene with a mouse giving the Nazi salute. The cat is also briefly caricatured as Hitler, thanks to the condensation on the window as he looks in at the mice.

Note that the Blue Ribbon reissue drops the word "The" from the title, as well as the hyphen between "Fifth" and "Column," to read "Fifth Column Mouse."

In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

Songs include: "Ain't We Got Fun?" (Ray Egan), The Mice; "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)" (Charlie Tobias-Cliff Friend), Chorus of House Mice.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Probably the best, most entertaining war related, "propaganda" cartoon of all time. First viewed in the late 1950s, when I was a budding film fan; reviewed again last month (on an old VHS tape purchased years back) to find not of the magic had...  (read more)

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For some reason in Looney Tunes, black cats really DO mean bad luck. For the cats, that is. Whether chasing birds, mice, or even worms, black cats (especially Sylvester) can't seem to catch a break. The cat in this cartoon almost did, however. At one...  (read more)

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Superficially, it's a typical cat and mouse cartoon. Actually, it is an extended metaphor (or analogy) of the events leading up to World War II. A certifiable masterpiece...  (read more)

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