Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock for Sure)

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Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock For Sure)
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Paul J. Smith
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Hugh Harman
Homer Brightman
Voices by Grace Stafford
Dal McKennon
Music by Clarence Wheeler
Animation by Ray Abrams
Fred Brunish
Laverne Harding
Robert Bentley
Ken Southworth
Gil Turner
Raymond Jacobs
Art Landy
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal International
Release date(s) October 12, 1953 (U.S.)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 11"
Language English
Preceded by Hypnotic Hick
Followed by Socko in Morocco

Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock For Sure) is the 51st animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on October 12, 1953, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.


Woody is a piano player at the Old Crow Bar where a beautiful Mexican girl sits atop his piano. Word of Buzz Buzzard coming to town is that he is out to get the sheriff and kill him. It spreads and every sheriff at the Bar gives Woody their badges. The woman still sitting on top of the piano then takes Woody in her arms, strangles him and says, "Es mi hombre magnifico. You are my little sheriff. You will get the bad hombre, no?" She gives him a kiss (totally inappropriate) convincing him to stop Buzz. Then Woody jumps out.


Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock For Sure) was the first entry in the Woody Woodpecker series directed by veteran animator/director Paul J. Smith, who had worked at the studio as animator for several years. Smith had directed a handful of Lantz "cartunes" by the time this film was released. This is also the only appearance of Buzz Buzzard's brothers, Booze and Bizz Buzzard.


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1953". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia