Dangerous Dan McFoo

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Dangerous Dan McFoo
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Tex Avery
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Rich Hogan
Narrated by Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Voices by Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce
Arthur Q. Bryan
Sara Berner
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Paul Smith
Studio Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 15, 1939
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 min.
Language English

Dangerous Dan McFoo is a 1939 Merrie Melodies/Vitaphone animated short directed by Tex Avery, produced by Leon Schlesinger, written by Rich Hogan and based on a poem by Robert W. Service entitled The Shooting of Dan McGrew. The film score was by Carl Stalling. Six years later, Avery would direct a similar cartoon for MGM called The Shooting Of Dan McGoo starring Droopy.


Dan, an anthropomorphic dog, is in the rear of the arctic "Malibu Saloon" playing pinball. A villain enters and sees Dan's love interest who is referred to by the narrator as "the girl who's known as Sue." Sue, from the villain's perspective, morphs into the image of Bette Davis but tells the villain in the voice (and catchphrase) of Katharine Hepburn: "I hope Dan mows you down, really I do." A boxing match ensues during which Dan accuses the villain of cheating; four horseshoes - and a horse - are found in his boxing glove. The fight continues with no outcome and the combatants are given dueling pistols by the narrator. The lights go out, shots are fired and a woman screams ("Eek!"). When the lights come on, Dan is seen lying on the floor. His girlfriend says repeatedly, "Say something! Say something!" Dan McFoo wakes up and says "Hewwo!".


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