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The Loan Stranger (1942)

A wolf in loan officer's clothing loans Woody Woodpecker one dollar. Thirty days later, poor Woody owes $366.50.


Alex Lovy


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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Woody Woodpecker's Laugh (singing voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers Kent Rogers ... Woody Woodpecker / Hudson C. Dann (voice) (uncredited)


Woody is happily (and nuttily) driving down the street when his car breaks down. He tries to get a loan on it from a nearby wolf. The wolf agrees to give Woody the loan but exclaims if he doesn't receive payment in thirty days, he'll take Woody's car away. Sure enough, a title card tells us, "Thirty days have elapsed (and so has Woody's memory)". The wolf appears at Woody's door trying to serve him with a notice but the crafty woodpecker pretends he's not home. The wolf tries to trap him disguised as a deliveryman giving Woody a cake... but the woodpecker throws it in his face bellowing, "I don't like cheesecake!" Finally, the fox throws a punch at Woody and believes to have seriously injured him. He sympathetically agrees to forget about the loan only to be infuriated when Woody "recovers" holding a cuckoo clock and asking, "How about a loan on the clock, Doc?" Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

19 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Loja do Prego See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)
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At the end of the wolf's pleading speech, he adds, "Mammy!" The reference is to Al Jolson who famously cried out the same thing in "My Mammy," a popular sentimental song. See more »


[first lines]
Woody Woodpecker: [singing] Everybody thinks I'm crazy. / Yesiree, that's me, that's me. / That's what I'm cracked up to be. / I chop a hole in every tree. / Knock on wood. / Well, knock on wood. / So, I'm crazy, so what? / What can I do? / So are you!
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"How about a loan on the clock, doc?"
8 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Was very fond of Woody Woodpecker and his cartoons as a child. Still get much enjoyment out of them now as a young adult, even if there are more interesting in personality cartoon characters and better overall cartoons.

That is in no way knocking Woody, because many of his cartoons are a lot of fun to watch and more and also still like him a lot as a character. 'The Loan Stanger' is up there with 'Woody Woodpecker' and 'Ace in the Hole' as one of the best Woody Woodpecker cartoons at this point in the series and one of my favourites overall too. One of those cartoons that starts off with the expected manic energy, and maintains it all the way to the hilarious final line quoted above.

While there may be cartoon characters with slightly more interesting personalities, Woody is still at his best incredibly funny, never obnoxious and very lovable self, summing him up in one word it would be wonderfully nuts. His personality traits are still evolving and while a few are different others are unmistakably recognisable. The fox and particularly wolf characters are great, witty opponent support.

As ever, the animation is great. Woody's character design and physicality have changed/evolved for the better. Even more impressive are the rich and vibrant colours, the meticulously detailed backgrounds and the quite smooth drawing.

Another standout quality is the music, with the joyful return of "Everybody Thinks I'm Crazy". It's characterful, lushly orchestrated and is not only dynamic with the action it even enhances it. The writing is suitably witty and raises a number of chuckles, especially the final line, and the gags are razor-sharp in timing and often hilarious.

Voice acting is good.

Overall, classic. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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