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A ripoff of a ripoff of a ripoff of a ripoff[1]


Lady, Play Your Mandolin!
Lady, let that tune begin!
When you sing that song of sin,

I'm a sinner, too!
—The theme of the short.

Lady, Play Your Mandolin was the first of the Merrie Melodies series of short subjects. This 1931 cartoon, made by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, was intended to be the first of a series of animated music videos that Warner Bros. was intending to use to promote its newly aquired music library. The short has a strong Disney influence in its animation, not surprising since Harman and Ising were former employees of Walt Disney (and would, indeed, work for him again on several occasions as independent contractors).

The fairly loose plot takes place in a desert speakeasy set during Prohibition, where the patrons have a massive beer party and sing "that song of sin". Mickey Mouse lookalike Foxy promptly arrives and the fun really begins!

The short is in the public domain and can be viewed here, and while only a time-edited version was included in a documentary on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1, the uncut version has made its way onto the Little Caesar DVD, as well as the budget collection "Attack of the '30s Characters".

Tropes used in Lady, Play Your Mandolin include: