Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

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Lady, Play Your Mandolin!
Lady, Play Your Mandolin!.jpg
Foxy makes his entrance
Directed byDirected and Supervised by:
Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced byHugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger
Story byCreated and Originated by:
Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Music byMusical score and direction by:
Frank Marsales
Animation byDrawn by:
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Norm Blackburn
Isadore Freleng (unc.)
Robert Clampett (unc.)
Carman Maxwell (unc.)
Larry Martin (unc.)
In betweened by:
Bob McKimson (unc.)
Layouts byLaid out by:
Isadore Freleng (unc.)
Backgrounds byBackgrounded by:
Isadore Freleng (unc.)
Color processBlack-and-white
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
August 1931
Running time
7 min.

Lady, Play Your Mandolin! is the first Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Rudolf Ising of Harman and Ising. It was originally released in August 1931.[1]


The cartoon features Foxy as a gaucho who decides to visit a local saloon. His horse soon finds himself drunk on tequila and begins to hallucinate wildly. Similarly to Foxy, the cartoon features a female fox character that is very reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.

As was typically the case with the early entries in the Merrie Melodies series, one purpose of the cartoon was to promote a Warner-owned popular song. The title theme, written by Oscar Levant with lyrics by Irving Caesar, was a 1930 #5 pop hit sung by Nick Lucas and released by Brunswick Records, which had been purchased by Warner Bros. the previous year (Another recording, by the Havana Novelty Orchestra was released the same year on RCA's Victor Records). In the short, it is sung by a female fox character who would later become Foxy's girlfriend, Roxy.

The credited animators were Rollin "Ham" Hamilton and Norm Blackburn (plus uncredited animation by Isadore Freleng, Robert Clampett (his first cartoon at WB according to some sources) and Carman Maxwell) with a musical score and direction of the Brunswick Recording Orchestra by Frank Marsales.


The cartoon is available as an extra on the Little Caesar DVD and Blu-ray. It is also available on the DVD 'Attack of the '30's Characters', albeit in an unrestored form. Like the post-1948 Warner Bros. cartoon library, it is the only Looney Tunes cartoon that was never sold to Sunset Productions nor Associated Artists Productions. It is also the only Looney Tunes cartoon not available on TNT in the 80s, nor Cartoon Network but available on Cartoon Network's sister channel, Boomerang until the late 2000s.


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Company.

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