Release date: September 17, 1932.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko) and Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising (Cartoonists - live action)
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Norm Blackburn.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
We then see a title card on the screen reading Red Gulch - where men are men, nine times out of ten. It appears to be that "Red Gulch" is the name of a one-horse town that Bosko is going to. We see a long-shot of the town rather quiet, with a barn dance inside a saloon (silhouettes dancing), but we see a western outlaw running around shooting his pistols. There is a pig that walks past the saloon doors, but a arm comes out with a bottle that hits the pig that turns all weary and drunk after "hitting the bottle". There is even a very tall dog that walks past with bullets being shot at his body, in which he shrinks to normal size. Those gags were reused before, and it's just showing us how quiet this town is but yet so many things happen.
There is music being played inside the saloon, with Bosko doing some type of tap-dancing in there, and for some reason there are crowds in the background dancing that look rather ghostly to me. The tune being played on the piano is She'll Be Coming Around the Mountains - a traditional yokel song.
There is now a action sequence going on, as the old-timer is riding as fast as he can. The ride makes it even bumpier for Honey. As the old-timer is trying to ride for his live, he bumps onto a rock in which he starts to fly out of the wagon. He skids on a cactus which makes it very painful for him. It means that Honey is in incredible danger as there is nobody riding the wagon. The old timer starts to ride on a fossiled-horse as it rides to town.
Bosko starts to ride like mad as he's trying his real best to rescue Honey. He is now jumping over rocks to avoid himself from any further delays. Honey pops her head out of the stagecoach by shouting "Bosko, save me!".
Bosko cotinues to ride, as then we zoom back, and find Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising in a room working on the film, with Rudolf Ising (I think) slapping his laps for the sound effects. They then start slacking by saying "How's Bosko going to save the girl", and then one of them shouts "I dunno", but then they decide to go home, as they can't be bothered to finish the cartoon anymore, with Bosko hacing no actions on the screen - and that's all folks!
This part with the live-action and the cartoonists is probably the only part that was really good with the cartoon. It shows Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and other unknown cartoonist - and they are showing different personalities as if they can't be bothered to finish the cartoon and think it's lousy anyway, which it is. The carton was very bland, the animation was sloppy at times - and I quite like the idea for Bosko as a parody in Western films, but it wasn't until years later when they brought in excellent western characters like Yosemite Sam. A western parody at Warners, wasn't perfected until 1951's Drip-Along Daffy.
(NOTE: I'm actually staying a school weekend, and I've got Blogger and YouTube unblocked for my reviews, so that's why this blog's been pretty quiet - I will return more within next week with more reviews).