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

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

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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