Ace in the Hole (1942 film)

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Ace in the Hole
Woody Woodpecker series
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Directed by Alex Lovy
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
Voices by Kent Rogers
Harold Peary
Music by Darrell Calker
Animation by George Dane
Alex Lovy
LaVerne Harding
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 22, 1942
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 43"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by The Hollywood Matador
Followed by The Loan Stranger

Ace in the Hole is the fifth animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on June 22, 1942, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures..

Production notes[edit]

Ace in the Hole marks the first time Kent Rogers provided the voice for Woody. Woody's original design became a little softer in starting with Ace in the Hole. His bucked teeth began to disappear, as Lantz realized this feature was extraneous. In addition, the beak and feet colors became slightly brighter and more vibrant, and his big chin is gone.[1]

The title is a play on the card-playing term "ace in the hole" and the "flying ace" who would pilot a fighter plane.


  1. ^ Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1942". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.