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Porky's Road Race (1937)

It's race day, and first prize is $2 million (less $1,999,998.37 in taxes). Porky's little car is matched against cars driven by stars of yesteryear, including Laurel and Hardy and Charlie ... See full summary »

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Frank Tashlin (as Frank Tash)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Elvia Allman ... Greta Garbo / Elaine Barrie (voice) (uncredited)
Dave Barry ... Leslie Howard / Freddie Bartholomew / George Arliss / Edna May Oliver (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Borax Karoff (voice) (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty Joe Dougherty ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... W.C. Fields (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

It's race day, and first prize is $2 million (less $1,999,998.37 in taxes). Porky's little car is matched against cars driven by stars of yesteryear, including Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. When the black #13 driven by "Borax Karoff" makes a bid for the finish line, can Porky fend him off? Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first picture of almost one thousand projects that Mel Blanc ever gave his voice to. See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the credits, this disclaimer appears: "FOREWORD:- All the characters in this picture are strictly phoney! Any fancied resemblance to any living person is the bunk! Any incident portrayed is pure fiction!" See more »

Alternate Versions

The colorized version that played on Nickelodeon cut the short scene where a stereotypically black man slowly trails behind the other drivers when the race begins. See more »

Connections

Spoofs It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
Played after the booze is poured into the car
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Neither one thing nor the other but notable for being Mel Blanc's debut performance
3 November 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's 'Porky's Road Race' is a curious cartoon that feels like neither one thing nor another. It combines a story of Porky Pig in a car race with a series of celebrity caricatures. There were several of these celebrity caricature cartoons in the early years of Warner Bros. cartoons and it seems their popularity lead to writers trying to cram the caricatures into shorts that didn't need them. These then-topical asides slow down a cartoon which is at its best when Tashlin is playing it at high speed. The final battle between Porky and arch enemy Borax Karoff is the highlight of the film. Although he was still the studios main star at this point, Porky was quickly being milked dry of his potential and often ended up playing a supporting role in his own cartoons (he would be usurped by Daffy Duck in just a few cartoon's time). The main reason for the presence of the caricatures seems to be that the concept of Porky in a race just isn't strong enough to sustain a seven minute cartoon. While it's often quite a snappy and fun picture, 'Porky's Road Race' is ultimately an awkward cartoon that makes you wish you were watching either a better early Porky cartoon or a better Hollywood caricature cartoon instead of some strange offspring of the two. Nevertheless, 'Porky's Road Race' is extraordinarily important in at least one respect. It was the debut appearance of the unbelievably talented voice artist Mel Blanc whose presence would elevate Warner cartoons to a whole new plain of brilliance.


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