The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

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The Scarlet Pumpernickel

The Scar­let Pumpernickel

CotD: One of Daffy’s great­est star­ring roles, “The Scar­let Pumper­nickel” has our favorite duck at his ego-maniacal height.

The Scar­let Pumper­nickel (1950) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Daffy “Dumas” Duck has writ­ten his own screen­play which par­o­dies The Scar­let Pim­per­nel and tries to sell it to “J.L.,” the stu­dio head. The car­toon con­cerns itself less with “The Scar­let Pim­per­nel,” Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s tale of an heroic fig­ure who smug­gles doomed noble­men out of Paris dur­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion, than with mock­ing swash­buck­lers in gen­eral and Errol Flynn in par­tic­u­lar (Errol is men­tioned no less than three times).

Daffy plays the title char­ac­ter, a dash­ing high­way­man (as Flynn) with an unspec­i­fied mis­sion in life, except to irri­tate the Lord High Cham­ber­lain (Porky as Claude Rains). The Cham­ber­lain, real­iz­ing that his daugh­ter Melissa is the Scar­let Pumpernickel’s true love, arranges to marry her to the Grand Duke (Sylvester as Basil Rath­bone), hop­ing that this will flush the Pumper­nickel out of hid­ing. Elmer Fudd has a small part as the pro­pri­etor of the King’s Nos­tril Inn.

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