"The Scarlet Pumpernickel" (1950) Breakdown Thread
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:08 pm
Directed by: Charles M. Jones
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Philip Monroe, Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris
Layout: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Peter Alvarado
Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Series: Looney Tunes
Release Date: March 4, 1950
Blue Ribbon re-release 1958
Production Number: 1105
MPAA Number: 13373
Synopsis: Daffy (Dumas) Duck is telling "J.L." how he's sick of Warner Brothers typecasting him in comedy. He wants a dramatic part - and fortunately he's written "the very [10,000+ page] script we've been looking for!" In The Scarlet Pumpernickel, Daffy plays the titular character, a highway man in "Merry Olde England" always on the run from the lord Lord High Chamberlain's (Porky Pig) men. The Lady Melissa is in love with S.P., but H.C. is adamant she stay away from "that masked stinker!" He gets the idea of marrying her to the Grand Duke (Sylvester the Cat) as a means of luring the Scarlet Pumpernickel to town. The plan succeeds, with the duck arriving in town, "masquerading as a [snuff sniffing] gentleman". But Scarlet also succeeds, rescuing Melissa in spite of his heroic stunts lacking an Errol Flynn flair. Scarlet stows Melissa away at the inn, but the Duke discovers her and attempts to force his presence upon the helpless damsel. Scarlet arrives just in time (through the wall) and a sword fight ensues. At this point, all hell breaks lose in Daffy's convoluted script, with the dam breaking, the volcano erupting, and the price of kosher sky-rocketing. J.L. is not impressed, so Daffy tops it all off by shooting himself in-person. "It's getting so you have to kill yourself to sell a story around here!"
- Parody of the 1934 film adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel, with Daffy and Sylvester taking on Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone type roles respectively.
- An all-star cast. The only time Daffy, Porky, Sylvester, Mama Bear, Henery Hawk, and Elmer Fudd all appeared in the same short.
- Elmer Fudd is voiced by Mel Blanc, not Arthur Q. Bryan, in this short.
- Used in Episode 20 (Production #1598) of The Bugs Bunny Show, airing February 21, 1961.
- Ranks at #31 in Jerry Beck's The 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994).
- Two positive animator IDs: Ken Harris animates the scene of Daffy visiting Porky and Sylvester, and the latter two's laughing fit. Ben Washam animates the attempted rape.
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Looney Tunes Curtain Calls (WHV, Laserdisc, 1992)
Carrotblanca (WHV, VHS, 1996)
Looney Tunes: The Collector's Edition - Vol. 2 - Running Amuck (Columbia House, VHS, 2000)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection (WHV, DVD, 2003)