Mouse for Sale

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Mouse for Sale
Tom and Jerry series
Mouse For Sale.JPG
Title Card
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by June Foray as Joan
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Irven Spence
Ray Patterson
Additional animation:
Lewis Marshall(uncredited)
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Studio MGM Cartoons
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • May 21, 1955 (1955-05-21)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:48
Language English
Preceded by Pup on a Picnic
Followed by Designs on Jerry

Mouse for Sale is the 92nd one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, released in 1955, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. It was released on May 21, 1955 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson, the backgrounds designed by Robert Gentle, and the voice of Joan was supplied by June Foray and is one of the very last shorts to be in Academy format.

It is also one of the very few shorts in the series in which Tom emerges victorious over Jerry.


Tom is reading a newspaper but quickly discards it and pretends to be asleep when he sees his owner Joan walk past him. He then sees an ad in the paper that says: BIG MONEY PAID FOR WHITE MICE. Tom gets this opportunity by catching Jerry with the aid of a magnet and a steel nut made to look like cheese, then paints Jerry white and sells him to the local pet store, receiving $50. He hides his earnings under the rug and, while taking a nap, daydreams of being rich and famous. Unfortunately, Joan searches and finds and takes the money and buys (regardless of the fact that the money was most likely not hers to spend) a white mouse named Jerry, the very same one Tom sold. Jerry dances to music on the radio. Tom hits Jerry's head with a coal spade, trying to hit him, but misses. After a few more attempts, he catches the mouse, but Joan is angry and hits him on the head with a broom and throws him out of the house.

Tom is extremely mad and creeps up to the window. Then, the curtain is drawn and Jerry holds out a sign reading "Jerry, the Dancing Mouse". Jerry dances the way he did earlier, taunting Tom. Tom reaches for the garden hose while watching the presentation and then opens the window and blasts Jerry with the hose. Tom chases Jerry and traps him under a teapot (thinking about re-selling the mouse). Joan hears the noise and enters the kitchen as Jerry rolls in a tub of flour and turns himself white. She asks Tom if he's got the white mouse under the teapot and Tom shakes his head "no" and lifts it up revealing a white Jerry. Joan slaps Tom with the broom, scolding him. Tom runs away and finds a fireplace bellows. He surprises Jerry and blows off the flour on his lower torso. Tom gives chase and Jerry tears shreds off a broom when Joan spots Jerry, who does a fan dance and hides his brown parts. Tom sneaks up behind Jerry and blows off all the flour after she leaves. Jerry hides in a closet and Tom tries to force entry until he is whacked by Joan's broom. Tom turns the tables on Joan by snatching the broom from her hands and breaking the broomstick in two, leaving her speechless and she watches as he triumphantly opens the closet door, to point at Jerry, who jumps out - but he's white again! Tom's eyes pop out and Tom has to punish himself by hitting himself with the bottom half of the broom until he's out of sight. Jerry kiss a bottle of shoe polish. Tom is distraught until he sees a can of white paint in the garage. Tom paints himself white and comes back. He rings the doorbell and holds out a sign that says "Tom, the Dancing Cat" to a startled Joan. Tom dances just like Jerry and charms Joan. Under the impression that the cat was simply jealous of her white mouse (and Tom gives a lying nod to keep giving her this impression), Joan lets Tom in, and catches the mouse, but she makes him promise to be friends with Jerry. She leaves, and Tom throws Jerry onto the floor and stomps on him repeatedly while dancing.



  • Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Animation: Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, Irven Spence, Ray Patterson
  • Additional Animation: Lewis Marshall
  • Backgrounds: Robert Gentle
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Produced by Fred Quimby





  1. ^ Ben Simon (July 14, 2003). "The Art Of Tom And Jerry: Volume Two - Animated Reviews". Retrieved October 17, 2016.

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