The Night Watchman (1938 film)
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|The Night Watchman|
|Merrie Melodies series|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
Marge Hill-Talbot (both uncr.)
A.C. Gamer (uncr.)
Bob McKimson (uncr.)
Phil Monroe (uncr.)
Rod Scribner (uncr.)
Ben Washam (uncr.)
Keith Darling (uncr.)
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 19, 1938|
|Running time||7 minutes|
The Night Watchman is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released to theaters on November 19, 1938. This short was the very first film directed by Chuck Jones after he was promoted from an animator (where he was under Fred Avery and Robert Clampett's units). This is the first cartoon to use the green-yellow color scheme for the Merrie Melodies rings and a red WB shield since Toy Town Hall.
A watchman gets sick, so his son is enlisted to watch the kitchen. When the gangland-style rats find out that he's the one on duty, they try to take over.
The Night Watchman is available with its original opening and ending titles restored on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4 Disc 4.
- Mel Blanc as Hoodlum Rats, Tommy Cat (when he screams to the rats to quiet down)
- Margaret Hill-Talbot as Tommy Cat
- The Sportsmen as the singing rat quartet
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