Supervision by - Hugh Harman
Drawn by - Isadore Freleng, Norm Blackburn
Musical Score by - Frank Marsales
Bosko tries to save
Honey from a stagecoach robbery.
A howling coyote opens
this tale of the old west, where our friend Bosko is riding along on his
horse while singing "While the Bloom Is on the Sage". Bosko
has to stop singing momentarily, getting off of his lazy horse to push
it over the rock it stopped at. A title card appears that reads: "Red
Gulch: Where Men Are Men, Nine Times Out Of Ten". In the middle of
the town we see someone being chased by a bandit, someone's head get smashed
with a beer bottle, and a tall dachshund who is shortened by gunfire.
Bosko rides into town, gets off his deflating horse and goes into the
saloon. "Howdy, fellers!" shouts Bosko, to which the saloon
patrons reply by riddling Bosko's hat with gunfire and shouting "Howdy,
Bosko!" in return. Bosko walks in and starts dancing to "Comin'
'Roun' the Mountain". The saloon's piano-playing dog (who bears a
striking resemblance to Goopy Geer) is set ablaze by some very potent
beer, leaving him in his underwear and turning him very effeminate. Bosko
takes the dog's place at the piano and begins playing. His infectious
playing causes his stool to tap its "feet", and also inspires
a hand of playing cards to come to life and sing. The fellow holding the
cards doesn't seem to appreciate it much; he shoots the joker (another
Goopy Geer look-like) through the stomach. The two square dancers from
Moonlight for Two reappear
momentarily after which another title card appears that reads "The
Deadwood Stage -- Free Wheeling". We see the stage (whose wheels
don't appear to be attached to anything) and its sole passenger, Honey.
"Please be careful!" she shouts to the driver as she's tossed
about in the rough-riding stage. We watch as a trio of bandits make an
attempt to stop the stagecoach, but it rides by them so quickly that one
of their horses gets twisted up. Undaunted, the bandits continue their
pursuit, firing their guns all the way. A crate of clothing is jarred
off of the stage, and the clothes inside get out and run as the bullets
fly past them. The stage starts racing down a narrow pass, and Honey is
tossed about like a rag doll. The stage hits a rock that sends the driver
flying into the air. He lands on a patch of cactus, and then ends up riding
on the skeleton of a cow. He manages to get into the saloon, where he
alerts Bosko of Honey's peril in the runaway stage. The poor driver is
so exhausted that he collapses into his pants, but he has enough life
left in him to grab a nearby beer. Bosko runs out of the saloon and tries
to hop onto his horse, but he lands on the hitching post instead. The
post comes to life and starts acting like a bucking bronco at a rodeo.
Bosko is tossed off, but his faithful horse picks him up and goes after
the stagecoach. "Help Bosko! Save me!" shouts Honey, as both
Bosko and the bandits pursue her. Suddenly the camera pulls back, and
we see Rudy Ising and two animators watching the scene on a small screen.
Rudy, who was slapping his legs to create the sound of Bosko's galloping
horse, stops and asks "Say, how's Bosko going to save the girl?".
"I don't know" replies one of the animators. "Well, we've
got to do something!". "Let's go home!". "Good idea!".
The three men get up and leave, as Bosko looks on in bewilderment.
- The animation of
the clothes running out the trunk is reused from
Bosko's Dog Race.
- The smoking animator
on the left is probably Walker Harman (Hugh Harman's brother); the one
on the right behind Rudy Ising may be Norm Blackburn. [OM&M, JB]
- Although this cartoon
uses the second set of Bosko titles, the theme song is still "A
Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight", which was used on the first
set of Bosko titles.
Note: Due to the limited
resolution of my source copy, these images are smaller than usual.