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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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In the kitchen, a trio of mice are singing "Ain't We Got Fun" and floating on a bar of soap in the sink. A "friendly" cat bursts in and starts attacking the mice. He corners one of them and offers him a bribe of cheese to let him join the mouse pack.

The cat tells the mouse that he can have all the cheese he wants if he will convince the other mice to be the cat's slaves. Unfortunately, the mouse accepts and puts his friends in danger. The cat uses trickery to catch and enslave the mice (he convinces them to serve him and he won't eat them).

The cat is waited on hand and foot by the mice. When he announces that he wants a "nice, fat, tender mouse" for dinner, they realize that they've been betrayed. Instead of panicking, the brave mice, to the song "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)," organize an army to fight the cat.

The mouse army prepares for battle and comes up with an attack plan. The mice build a marvelous robot mechanical bulldog with extending chomping teeth. The robotic bulldog chases the cat. The mice then shave him with an electric razor, leaving only a dot-dot-dot-dash pattern, which stands for the letter V (signifying victory) in Morse code. The cat runs away and the mice win!

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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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