Mr. Duck Steps Out

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Mr. Duck Steps Out
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack King
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byCarl Barks
Chuck Couch
Jack Hannah
Harry Reeves
Milt Schaffer
Frank Tashlin
StarringClarence Nash
Music byCharles Wolcott
Animation byLes Clark
Paul Allen
Ken Peterson
Edward Strickland
Larry Clemmons
Don Towsley
Lee Morehouse
Rex Cox
Volus Jones
Emery Hawkins
Ray Patin
Ken Muse
Dick Lundy
Phil Duncan
Larry Strickland
Judge Whitaker
Jim Armstrong
Layouts byBill Herwig
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
June 7, 1940
Running time
8:12 minutes
CountryUnited States

Mr. Duck Steps Out is a Donald Duck cartoon made by The Walt Disney Company. The film was released on June 7, 1940 and featured the debut of Daisy Duck. The short was directed by Jack King and written by Carl Barks, Chuck Couch, Jack Hannah, Harry Reeves, Milt Schaffer, and Frank Tashlin


Donald visits the house of his new love interest for their first known date. Donald tried to woo her and hug her, but at first Daisy acts shy and has her back turned to her visitor. But Donald soon notices her tail feathers taking the form of a hand and signaling for him to come closer. But their time alone is soon interrupted by Huey, Dewey, and Louie who have just followed their uncle and clearly compete with him for the attention of Daisy.

Donald and the nephews take turns dancing the jitterbug with her while trying to get rid of each other. In their final effort the three younger ducks feed their uncle maize in the process of becoming popcorn. The process is completed within Donald himself who continues to move wildly around the house while maintaining the appearance of dancing. The short ends with an impressed Daisy showering her new lover with kisses.

Daisy makes her entrance in Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940).


The short stands out among other Donald shorts of the period for its use of modern music and surreal situations throughout. After this short, the idea of a permanent love interest for Donald was well established. However, Daisy did not appear as regularly as Donald himself.



  • Douglas L. McCall, Film Cartoons: A Guide to 20th Century American Animated Features and Shorts, McFarland, 2015, p. 166.

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