Gold Rush Daze

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Gold Rush Daze
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Ben Hardaway
Cal Dalton
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Melvin Millar
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Gil Turner
Distributed by Warner Bros., The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) February 25, 1939
Running time 7:11
Language English

Gold Rush Daze is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released on February 25, 1939.


A stammering hound dog is on his way to dig for gold and stops at a local gas station on the route. The station attendant/owner (also a dog, but of a different breed) advises against it, telling the story of his unsuccessful foray into gold digging.

The scene then flashes back to the San Francisco gold rush of 1849. After an anachronistic gag in which an illegally parked horse identifies himself as Seabiscuit, the young prospector is seen stepping into the scene. He is first taken as a "sucker" and dragged into a rigged game of poker before another dog runs into the scene proclaiming that someone has found gold in the hills. The prospector immediately heads for the hills, only to find countless others having already staked their claims to almost every inch of land, except for one—one that turns out to be an unstable cliff, which breaks apart underneath his feet.

The scene cuts to a hosiptal, where the seriously injured prospector is under the care of the doctor, but his stethoscope instead turns out to be a telegraph, from which he gets news that they have now found gold in Virginia City (an apparent reference to the Comstock Lode). The prospector jumps out of his bed in excitement and rushes to the scene.

In Virginia City, the scene focuses far less on the prospector. One scene features a rump-shaking dog apparently prospecting for gold only to later find out the dog is seeking, and has found, a goldfish. Meanwhile in a more traditional mine, a group of miners sing a farcical musical number, "My Sweetheart Needs Gold for Her Deed."

After panning for gold in the river and finding nothing, the prospector returns to the bar for a drink, only to hear there has been another gold discovery at Sutter's Mill. Once again he runs off the hills. The scene then cuts to numerous locations where the prospector has been (including the Klondike gold rush), only to have the gold vanish by the time he arrives.

Back in the present day, the now-former prospector turned gas station owner finishes his story, warning his customer not to get excited about the prospect of finding gold. However, a dog on horseback then runs up and informs the two that there has been a gold discovery in the nearby gulch, prompting the old dog to revert to his old ways, stealing the hound dog's car and abandoning the gas station as he heads off looking for gold again.

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