Feather Finger

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Feather Finger
Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck/Speedy Gonzales) series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by David DePatie
Friz Freleng
Story by Michael O'Connor
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Walter Greene
Animation by Manny Perez
Norm McCabe
George Grandpré
Ted Bonnicksen
Bob Matz
Don Williams
Layouts by Dick Ung
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
The Vitaphone Corporation
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) August 20, 1966 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:10
Language English
Preceded by A Squeak In The Deep
Followed by Swing Ding Amigo

Feather Finger is a 1966 Merrie Melodies animated short starring Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in a town called Hangtree, Texas, as shown on a sign (HANGTREE, TEXAS: A REAL SWINGIN' TOWN POP. 22; 21 after a gunshot is heard, which likely killed somebody). Daffy Duck is poor and begging for charity when he sees a notice that Mayor Katt is hiring gunslingers for $15 per week. After speaking to the mayor, Daffy agrees to catch Speedy Gonzales, "the fastest mouse in all Mexico."

While waiting by the United States/Mexican border for Speedy, Daffy decides to practice his gunslinging, and accidentally shoots himself. Speedy comes across him, and he shoots him; Speedy disappears, prompting him to comment, "I must have blown him to smithereens"; he did so, as Speedy held onto the bullet all the way to the city limits of Smithereens. Speedy returns and shoves the bullet back up the gun, causing it to explode.

Daffy decides to try a less direct approach by disguising himself as a Mexican; Speedy is not fooled, however, and this fails. Next, he offers Speedy a drink of nitroglycerin, but the mouse lets it slide down the counter and explode (Daffy: "This is getting monotonous"). He then lures Speedy with a giant cheese on a mousetrap; the mouse sees this and takes it to Mexico. Daffy, not wanting to go with him, sneaks out and falls down a gorge. His next attempt involves shooting a cannon at Speedy, which also fails, as he is smashed into a canyon wall. When Speedy offers assistance, Daffy finally captures him.

He returns him to the Mayor, who gives him only fifty-six and a quarter cents, as he only worked an hour and a half. Daffy, enraged at having no tip, promptly releases Speedy. The Mayor beats Daffy up, and he is back on the streets begging again.

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