Chief Charlie Horse

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Chief Charlie Horse
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Paul J. Smith
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Jack Cosgriff
Voices by Grace Stafford
Dal McKennon
Music by Clarence Wheeler
Animation by Robert Bentley
Herman R. Cohen
Ray Abrams
Art Landy
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal International
Release date(s) May 7, 1956
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 13"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Get Lost
Followed by Woodpecker from Mars

Chief Charlie Horse is the 68th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on May 7, 1956, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.


Woodcarver Woody Woodpecker specializes in wooden Indians and wooden nickels who is hard at work on his latest creation: a life-sized statue of an Indian chief, which, by coincidence, is an exact likeness of notorious bandit Chief Charlie Horse. The telephone rings, and a customer asks if Woody has any wooden Indians for sale. Woody replies that he has one he has just finished.

Meanwhile, outside Woody's shop, all is confusion as the sheriff and his posse are trying desperately to capture Chief Charlie Horse. They cart the wooden Indian away, believing him to be the real thing. Woody believes that the sheriff is the customer who telephoned, and he thinks that he has been slightly overpaid. Now Chief Charlie Horse himself enters Woody's shop, seeking a hiding place. The sheriff, realizing that he made an error, returns to Woody's shop to search for the live Indian. Charlie hides the statue in a crate, and then, when the sheriff enters the room, he poses as the wooden Indian. Both Woody and the sheriff fall for the trick and believe that Charlie has gotten away. The sheriff takes back the reward money, and Woody starts to work on his model again. When Woody has finished, he tacks a "sold" sign on the carving, and Charlie lets out a resounding yell. Thinking that the real Indian is the wooden Indian, the sheriff throws Charlie out of jail.


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