Stage Door Cartoon

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Stage Door Cartoon
Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series
Stage Door Cartoon title card.png
Title card
Directed by I. Freleng
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Additional voices:
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Jack Bradbury
Additional voices:
Manuel Perez (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy (uncredited)
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Richard Bickenbach (uncredited)
Ken Champin (uncredited)
Layouts by Hawley Pratt (uncredited)
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s)
  • December 30, 1944 (1944-12-30)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8:04 seconds
Language English
Preceded by The Old Grey Hare
Followed by Herr Meets Hare

Stage Door Cartoon is a Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series released on December 30, 1944[1][2] and directed by Friz Freleng. It features the characters Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and a predecessor to Yosemite Sam. The voices for Bugs and the proto-Sam are provided by Mel Blanc (who, by that year, had come to receive his exclusive voice credit), except for Elmer, who is voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan (as usual, uncredited). The cartoon's title is a parody of the 1943 musical film Stage Door Canteen.


Elmer Fudd attempts to catch Bugs with a carrot on a fish hook, but the tables are turned on Elmer when Bugs attaches the hook to Elmer's pants, causing Elmer to reel himself in. An angry Elmer chases Bugs to a Vaudeville theater, where Bugs performs a series of entertainment themed tricks on Elmer: Bugs disguises himself as a can-can dancer, but Elmer sees through the disguise. Bugs tricks Elmer into performing a high-diving act into a glass of water, and Elmer also gets tricked into performing a stage striptease down to his boxers.

Bugs disguises himself as a southern sheriff just as a real southern sheriff arrives to arrest Elmer for "indecent southern exposure". Before leaving the theater, a Bugs Bunny cartoon begins on the stage's movie screen and the sheriff decides to stay and watch it. Elmer appears to get wise when the cartoon shows the scene where Bugs disguises himself as the sheriff. Elmer, thinking the sheriff is Bugs Bunny in disguise, calls the sheriff an impostor and pulls off his clothes, only to realize he just disrobed a real sheriff. As the furious sheriff proceeds to lead Elmer out of the theater with his shotgun ("You'll swing for this, sir!"), Bugs conducts the orchestra into a big finale.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company. p. 156. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2. 
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice And Magic: A History Of American Animated Cartoons (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Plume. p. 428. ISBN 0-452-25993-2. 

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Preceded by
The Old Grey Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Herr Meets Hare