Monday, April 4, 2016

Looney TV: At Your Service, Madame (1936)

Back in the 70's, in the early days of cable television in upstate NY, WNEW (now WNYW) would devote an hour a day (half hour each in the morning and afternoon) to WB cartoons. Not just the usual suspects (i.e. Bugs, Daffy, Porky), but also rarely seen Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes that hadn't been run since the advent of the more iconic characters.

"At Your Service, Madame" is one of those rare gems. Directed by Isadore "Friz" Freleng, we're introduced to the Widow Hamhock and her six piglets. Mrs. Hamhock is targeted by a con artist modeled after W. C. Fields. W. C. Squeals (Tedd Pierce, doing a near-perfect Fields mimic) sees an opportunity to fleece Mrs. Hamhock out of her recent inheritance, but the kids have other ideas......

This was actually the first time I've seen this in color. Back in the day, we had a black & white set, and didn't get a color one until years later.

Rating: A-.

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