Thursday, 28 July 2011
5. The Booze Hangs High (1930)
Release date: November 1930.
Directors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Paul Smith.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
When I was looking through the credits at Internet Movie Database, I kept on seeing Johnny Murray's name often come up with "Bosko" as the voice actor. I clicked on his profile, and I never actually knew he did all the voices from Congo Jazz up to Bosko's Picture Show and I always thought that Carmen Maxwell was the main voice actor, but he only voiced Bosko in Sinkin' in the Bathtub and Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid. He didn't return again until Bosko appeared in the Happy Harmonies shorts. Now that I looked through it, I can see the differences in the voices.
So, Bosko then becomes friends with a horse, and as they continue laughing about it - Bosko jumps on the horse, pulls his hairstring up and then lets go (another repeated Bosko gag), and then starts to try on the horse as a string instrument.
This cartoon is another singing and dancing type, except the location is at a farm, and very little story - which involves around alcohol in that context. Some of the earlier scenes with the horse's tail like a cello was pretty good - but the rest of the short was like plain horrible singing and ugly animation looking. The duck scene with the duckling waning to use the toilet was somehow disturbing in a way.
Next up: Box Car Blues.