Spies (1943 film)

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Directed byChuck Jones
Produced byLeon Schlesinger (producer)
Dr. Seuss (supervising producer)
Written byDr. Seuss
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Edited byTreg Brown
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
August 9, 1943
Running time
3 minutes
CountryUnited States

Spies is part of the Private Snafu series of animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. during World War II. Released in 1943, the cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and features the vocal talents of Mel Blanc. It was included as part of the International Spy Museum exhibits, specifically the exhibit showcasing World War II-era spying.


Private Snafu, Spies', complete episode

Private Snafu has learned a secret, but the enemy is listening and he'd better zipper his lip, and keep his brain secure with a padlock and chain. However, Snafu - little by little - lets his secret slip (by telling the audience, calling his mom, telling a magazine salesman, and drunkenly relaying it to a bar girl who works as a Nazi spy, due to drinking an entire bottle instead of the glass he was given): His ship is about to set sail for Africa at 4:30. The information is picked up by spies and quickly relayed to Adolf Hitler, who orders the Nazis to attack the American fleet - which they do, shooting Snafu with torpedoes when he falls in the water after yelling for the ship to go "full speed ahead" to escape. He then ends up in Hell boiling in a cauldron, demanding to know who leaked the secret out. Adolf Hitler as well as Hitler's staff then appear as demons and reveal that he gave away the secret he was entrusted to keep, and then show him a mirror that reveals a horse's butt.

A scene in which Private Snafu becomes drunk is musically accompanied by an excerpt from Raymond Scott's composition, "Powerhouse".


  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. The Warner Brothers Cartoons. Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.

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