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Tin Pan Alley Cats

by Nicholas Sammond

Another wartime short by Warner Bros. director Bob Clampett. A wayward alley cat, who is a caricature of jazz great Fats Waller, passes a mission band in favor of the raptures of a jazz club, in which he is transported to a surreal realm populated by strange creatures (including a rubbery Hitler, Hirohito, and Stalin) who frighten him with their excessive joy. This segment is repurposed from the 1939 short Porky in Wackyland, in which Porky Pig travels to "darkest Africa" in search of the dodo. Both shorts imagine a fantastic geography in which the ghetto and Africa are linked through jazz.

Tin Pan Alley Cats

Warner Brothers recycles Porky in Wackyland (1939), with a racist difference.

from Tin Pan Alley Cats (1934)
Creator: Warner Bros.
Distributor: Private Collection
Posted by Nicholas Sammond