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The Shooting of Dan McGoo (1945)

This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out ... See full summary »

Director:

Tex Avery

Writers:

Robert W. Service (poem), Heck Allen (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Lou (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Wolf / Bartender (voice) (uncredited)
Imogene Lynn Imogene Lynn ... Lou (singing voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ... Droopy (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out to be Droopy, it turns into another Droopy-versus-the Wolf gagfest. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shooting of Dan McScrew See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is based on the 1907 narrative poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" by Robert W. Service that takes place in a Yukon saloon during the Yukon Gold Rush of the late 1890s. See more »

Quotes

Wolf: Give me a straight whisky.
[the Wolf takes is drink and goes into wild convulsions, hopping all over the place]
Wolf: This stuff's been cut!
Droopy: Well, what do you want for ten cents, gasoline?
Wolf: 'Tain't funny, McGoo!
[turns to camera]
Wolf: What corny dialogue.
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Alternate Versions

When this cartoon short was reissued in 1951, not only were the original opening and closing titles replaced, but a number of scenes were reanimated to remove gags involving rationed cigarettes. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Hey Good Lookin' (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Red, White and Blue
(uncredited)
aka "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean"
Music by David T. Shaw
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The Shooting Of Dan McGrew Revisited
22 April 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

When Tex Avery went to MGM, he continued to perfect his comic timing and build upon the tropes he developed while at WB. Many of these he revisited and remade.

One of these was parodying the Robert Service poem, "The Shooting of Dan McGrew". Tex previously parodied the poem at WB in 1939 as DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO. He uses many of the same verses he did in the original. This time Tex uses his MGM ensemble crew Droopy, The Wolf, and Red. Tex also takes advantage of the verses by using literal humor throughout.

This is also one of the MGM shorts that was altered in later years to remove gags relating to the wartime economy (in this case cigarette rationing). It kind of seems pointless, considering the entire cartoon was clearly a product of the war (and one of Droopy's lines, referencing gasoline rationing, was not altered).

The trade papers advertised this as a remake of RED HOT RIDING HOOD in it's initial release. It can be considered that, as Tex reprises the Wolf's wild reactions to Red's dance number (different song and different reactions though). Since RED HOT RIDING HOOD was very popular with audiences, the trade papers awaited this short with great anticipation.

DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO was one of Avery's best WB cartoons, but this short blows the former out of the water. The comic timing and action is insane from start to finish. One of Avery's finest works hands down.


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