Release date: October 20, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Ben Hardaway.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Ben Clopton.
Instead of Friz Freleng who directs all the Merrie Melodies - Ben Hardaway appears to cover briefly. Hang on - he hadn't directed since Buddy of the Apes which was already released about five months earlier, what happened to him? Different production order?! This is the last Merrie Melodies to be in black-and-white and then it turns into color permanently. Looney Tunes would have to wait until 1942's The Hep Cat.
We see many of these weird gags of what the homeless do on the trains. One of them has a string attached to a bucket and tosses it into a river to fill up some water, and then pulls it back up the train. He uses the bucket of water to clean his face. After finishing off his face; he then starts to bring out a violin and bow to play some sweet violin music - actually, I wouldn't say "sweet" would be the word - not sure what to describe his violin music.
Well, it turns out that as I've tried to run out that door, I've been dragged back in by the locals who are demanding me to finish this review! Aw nuts!
The tramp then approaches a type of village for homeless people in which it's crammed with homeless people. There is a local singing the song Singing in the Bathtub. There is more tramps to be seen; such as one who appears to be sleeping and doing hitchhiking movements. I'm completely lost of those gags - and even in the signs they're barely show the entire sign - and it's just pointless. Although there is a "Free Library" sign which is visible, and there's a fly that flies into the scene trying to pull the tramp's toes - but his other foot flicks the fly away.
This cartoon was just nothing but boredom to me, and yes - Ben Hardaway directed some very bad cartoons from that period (1934-1935), but he did come back later to direct some better cartoons and was great for writing Woody Woodpecker cartoons. This cartoon had such boring animation, character designs and the story itself. I know that an audience wouldn't mind watching it considering they probably wouldn't have to analyze - but this is painful for ME. Well, since this is the last black-and-white Merrie Melody - good riddance. Although I know that color will bring some appeal at least - but I won't immediately change the stories.