Play Your Mandolin!"
Merrie Melodies (Foxy title)
Released: August 1931
Starring: Foxy and Roxy
Supervision by - Rudolf Ising
Drawn by - Rollin Hamilton,
Musical Score and Direction by - Frank
With Abe Lyman and his Brunswick Recording Orchestra
Foxy visits a saloon.
Customers in a south-of-the-border
saloon are whooping it up and singing the title tune, while an ape waiter
is serving everyone liquor. Meanwhile Foxy is riding along on his horse
while whistling the title tune. He arrives outside at the saloon (the
sign outside reads "Café"), and his horse gets up and begins
dancing to the music. Foxy ties the horse's head around a cactus, enters
the saloon and yells "Hola!". He walks through the saloon singing
"I Am a Gay Caballero". He gives his hat to a walking coat rack,
then sits down for a beer. When Foxy gives the ape waiter a tip, the ape
pulls his mouth out of his head like a cash register and drops the coin
in. When Roxy appears on stage Foxy yells out "Oh, lady! Play your
mandolin". "Oh baby, hear my song of sin," replies Roxy,
who begins singing the song -- "Lady play your mandolin / Lady let
that tune begin / When you sing that song of sin I'm a sinner too".
Foxy, a hippo, and a mouse repeat "I'm a sinner too!". Outside
the saloon, Foxy's horse unties itself and pokes its head through the
doors, singing. Foxy appears and bashes the horse over the head with a
bottle, which then starts to play its own head and neck like a trombone.
Back inside, Foxy begins singing the title tune like Al Jolson. A dog
customer has a mouse playing music with his hat, then has his beard dance,
and then has his teeth extend out of his mouth and chatter. Foxy's horse
enters the saloon dazed, then strolls through while drinking. He spits
fire, then looks into a mirror and starts seeing monsters. He screams
and begins running around the saloon until he spontaneously combusts.
Foxy, the hippo and the waiter gather around the ashen horse and shout
"Play your mandolin!"
- This is Warner
Bros. first Merrie Melodies cartoon. The Merrie Melodies series replaced
WB's "Spooney Melodies" series of live-action shorts.
- The only difference
between Foxy and Mickey Mouse is the pointy ears and bushy tail.
- The female fox
was first called "Roxy" in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode
NOTE: Due to the poor
quality of my copy of this cartoon, the available shot selection and picture
resolution for these screen shots was severely limited.