Rhapsody in Rivets

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Rhapsody in Rivets
Rhapsody rivets cartoon.jpg
The cartoon's title card
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byMichael Maltese
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byGil Turner
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
December 6, 1941 (1941-12-06)
Running time
8 min. (one reel)
CountryUnited States

Rhapsody in Rivets is a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.


At a busy urban construction site in a world of anthropomorphic animals, an appreciative crowd of gawkers watches the foreman (a caricature of the conductor Leopold Stokowski) use the building plans as his score and conduct the workmen in Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, a symphony of riveting, hammering, sawing, and more. Elevators, picks, shovels, and a steam shovel are instruments in music making and construction.

As the clock nears 5:00 PM, the crew works furiously, and the building rises around the clouds. With a flag planted at the top and the work completed, the foreman takes a bow. One of the workers, while leaving, slams the door shut behind him; due to this and the overly hurried construction, the building (labeled the "Umpire State") comes crashing down. The foreman attempts to attack the worker in retaliation, but three bricks hit him on the head for the last three notes, ending the rhapsody and the cartoon.




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