Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Lady, Play Your Man­dolin! (1931) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: Today we cel­e­brate the sec­ond of the Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series, “Lady, Play Your Man­dolin!” which is 80 years old today…

Lady, Play Your Man­dolin! (1931) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

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, and 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, and 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!”

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