Thursday, March 15, 2012


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The Autograph Hound
Donald Duck series

Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack King
Voices byClarence Nash
Billy Bletcher
Animation byJohnny Cannon
John Elliotte
Larry Clemmons
Ed Dunn
Ed Love
Ward Kimball
Paul Allen
Rex Cox
Seamus Culhane
Nick De Tolly (assistant)
StudioWalt Disney Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)September 1, 1939
Color processTechnicolor
Running time7:55
The Autograph Hound is a 1939 American Donald Duck cartoon which features Donald Duck as an autograph hunter in Hollywood. Many celebrities from the 1930s are featured. This is the first cartoon where Donald Duck is featured in his blue sailor hat.


Donald Duck tries to enter a Hollywood studio so he can search for celebrities willing to sign their autograph. A police officer guarding the gate prevents him from entering the building. Donald manages to sneak inside by climbing on the limousine with Greta Garbo so that it seems he's riding along with her. The police officer discovers he's been fooled and chases Donald, who enters a room with the name "Mickey Rooney" on it. Inside, Mickey Rooney is dressing up in front of the mirror, when Donald asks him for his autograph. Rooney writes his name in Donald's book and makes it disappear and reappear with a magic trick. Donald, who is not amused, tries to impress Rooney by doing a similar trick with an egg. The egg is however obviously hidden under Donald's hat and Rooney who is aware of this, crushes it, laughing loudly. Donald gets extremely angry and starts waving his fists, while Rooney manages to put a violin in Donald's hands. When Donald discovers he has been tricked for the third time he throws the violin at Rooney. Rooney ducks and the instrument lands in the face of the police officer.
Alarmed, Donald runs away and hides under a bell-jar carried by actor Henry Armetta. When the police officer discovers Donald's hiding place the duck runs to another film set full with ice. There he meets Sonja Henie and asks her for an autograph. Henie signs her name by skating it in the ice, so that Donald has to carry it with him. While walking in a desert setting Donald discovers the ice has melted. He notices a tent with the silhouettes of three belly dancing Arabic women, who turn out to be the Ritz Brothers. Excited, he asks them for their autographs, but behaving like screwballs they jump on Donald and sign their group name on his buttocks. An enraged Donald throws a paint can at their heads, but it hits the face of the police officer instead.
Again Donald has to flee and he runs to a castle with the sign The Road To Mandalay, which turns out to be just a model. After bumping his head into it and realizing his mistake he runs into another direction. On a pair of stairs he bumps into Shirley Temple. She, too, recognizes him and asks for an autograph. They both sit down to sign each other their autographs and Donald, excited he has his first real autograph, jumps in the air with joy. Then the police officer grabs him. Shirley tells the police officer to leave him alone and he drops Donald on the floor in surprise. "Donald Duck? Did you say "Donald Duck?". Other Hollywood actors hear his comment and enthusiastically rush to Donald to ask him to sign his autograph for them. (In chronological order: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, The Andrew Sisters, Charlie McCarthy, Stepin Fetchit, Roland Young, the Lone Ranger riding his horse Silver, Joe E. Brown, Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert, Irvin S. Cobb, Edward Arnold, Katharine Hepburn, Eddie Cantor, Slim Summerville, Lionel Barrymore, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Mischa Auer, Joan Crawford and Charles Boyer). When the police officer asks Donald to sign his autograph book and offers him his pen, Donald squirts ink in the policeman's face. While the ink drips from the officer's face and writes Donald's name on his chest, Donald laughs hysterically.

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The Garbomobile.

Donald Duck fools the guard into thinking he's with Garbo. Actually, he's on the outside of the car.

Donald tries to play a joke with an egg, but Mickey Man spoils it. "That joke laid an egg- or was it you?"

Mickey Rooney at left and Henry Armetta at right.

The Ritz Brothers at left, Sonja Heinie at right.

Donald asks for an autograph.

The autograph is on ice.

Shirley Temple on the good ship Lollipop.

Donald fell down and hit his head and saw stars. No, just one.

The Marx Brothers, who are more highly reguarded today than the Ritz Btothers

Charlie McCarthy was supposed to be a sort of a lady's man, or aspired to be one.
Slim Summerville was one of Zasu Pitt's frequent costars. Irvin S. Cobb was a famous writer who once worked for Hal Roach.

They had a lot of jokes about Martha Raye having a big mouth. Somehow, that wasn't what I thought of whenever I looked at her. She was very well develped in other areas as well.

"I've noticed!"

Stepin Fetchit, whose act would be considered objectionable by many today.

Clark Gable and Greta Garbo. She didn't get to play Scarlet O'Hara, either.

"Oh-oh! My OTHER boyfriend is here!!!"

The Lone Ranger began as a radio show, but a movie serial had already been made, in 1938. Clayton Moore played him on the television version. I was on television with Clayton Moore when he made a personal appearance in Indianapolis.

Original pencil drawing of Martha Raye and Joe E. Brown characters.

Original pencil drawing of Shirley Temple character.

I frequently come across references to "modern audiences" not knowing who the old movie stars are in these cartoons. When I originally saw this one, I didn't know who the Ritz Brothers were, myself. And I wouldn't doubt that some people wouldn't be familiar with these stars of the past. But sometimes it's strange what they want to tell you people do or don't know about, such as the phony story about nobody knowing what phonograph records are.

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