Saturday Evening Puss
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|Saturday Evening Puss|
|Tom and Jerry series|
Title card of 1957 reissue
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Preceded by||Little Quacker|
|Followed by||Texas Tom|
Saturday Evening Puss is a 1950 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 48th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera who created the cat and mouse duo ten years earlier. The cartoon was produced by Fred Quimby, scored by Scott Bradley and animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson. It is notable for being the only cartoon in the entire series to feature Mammy's face on-screen, though only for a split second.
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Mammy dresses up before preparing to leave for the Lucky Seven Saturday Night Bridge Club. As she leaves, Tom is very happy and rushes to the living room window. He whistles to his three alley cat friends, Butch, Topsy, and Lightning, to get their attention and rush in when Tom gives them the all-clear by showing them a sign reading O.K. FOR THE PARTY and start to play loud jazz music. Tom gives sandwiches to Lightning and Topsy, and a pie for Butch.
But the noise has unfortunately disrupted Jerry from getting his beauty sleep. Unsurprisingly, his complaints to Tom fall upon everybody's unsympathetic ears and meet with a total lack of success. Diplomacy having failed, and having lost patience, Jerry attempts to disrupt the proceedings personally; he tears the needle off the phonograph, shuts Topsy in a drawer and slams the piano lid shut on Butch's hands. Unfortunately, the cats are not appreciative to Jerry's desperate acts and go on the warpath.
The party soon starts up again after Jerry flees into his mouse hole--zipping it shut--and after Tom then turns the recorder back on again--before Jerry threatens to pull the plug on the phonograph and Topsy begins the chase once again, trying to flatten Jerry but instead getting four taunting caricatures of Jerry imprinted on the trash can lid. Jerry sees the other cats approaching and flees through an open two-section door, closing the top section such that all three cats run into it.
Jerry runs into Topsy coming from the other direction as he rounds a corner, so he hides behind the curtain and steals the lid. Topsy then runs back the other way, but runs into his own lid. The chase then resumes once again, eventually leading Jerry into Tom's trap which causes Jerry to be flattened and Tom proceeds to tie him up with the windowsill string before he and the other alley cats start to play the loud jazz music once again. That proves to be the last straw that finally breaks the proverbial camel's back: Jerry has had enough, so, deciding to call in the big guns, he swings down to the nearest table and uses the telephone to report Tom's activities to Mammy-Two Shoes.
Mammy is seen playing bridge with her friends when Jerry calls and tells her about the cats' party. Deducing who must be responsible for said party, Mammy slams down the phone, excuses herself and rushes out, knocking over her chair and sending the cards flying. She leaves the bridge club and races back home at 90 miles an hour (briefly showing her face for the first and only time), opens the door and stops in front of the cats, who then abruptly stop partying. Tom turns his head and sees Mammy standing there with her hands on her hips and a (presumably) furious look on her face. Mammy points at him in dire accusation and shouts, "Thomas!" Knowing that he is going to get into trouble, Tom hastens with his pals. But before he can succeed in escaping, Mammy stretches out her hand, grabs the end of Tom's tail pulling him back to her. Both sections of the house shake, accompanied by the roofs flying into the air, as Mammy unleashes her wrath onto Tom and his pals before the door flies open and the cats are thrown out one by one and slam into a street wall, forming a totem pole. Mammy is upset over the fact that the cats ruined her entire evening. But to Jerry's dismay, she decides to relax by playing the same jazz recording that the cats were playing, which leaves him no better than before.
Lillian Randolph as Mammy Two Shoes (1950 original version, uncredited)
June Foray as White Teenage Girl (1966 re-animated version, uncredited)
Thea Vidale as Mammy Two Shoes (1991 redubbed version, uncredited)
William Hanna as Jerry and Tom and his friends' screams (uncredited)
- For 1960s TV airings, Mammy Two Shoes was redrawn as a white teenage girl, and her night out at the Lucky Seven Bridge Club was redone as a night out dancing with her boyfriend. Her voice was provided by well-known voice actress June Foray. For reasons unknown, Jerry's voice when he complains to Tom about the noise is muted out. This censored version is found on The Art Of Tom & Jerry laserdisc release and The Very Best of Tom & Jerry VHS release both by MGM/UA Home Video in the 1990s.
- Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 4
- Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 2, Disc Two
- "Censored MGM Cartoons". looney.goldenagecartoons.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2007.