Release date: May 9, 1936.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger
Starring: Bernice Hansen (Emily).
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Animation: Bob McKimson and Don Williams.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
Syponsis: Craze over caricatured Bing Crosby rooster steals chicken's girl to stay in the city.
Bernard Brown's last musical score credit for this cartoon; as Norman Spencer takes over briefly; did he die suddenly after that. I knew that he had something to do with alcoholism but some say he left or died in '36 - which is right?
There are a group of hens at home listening to Bing sing tenderly on the radio as they all crowd around. There is a chick that runs into the room to listen to him. The chicks push the chick out of the way as though she's hogging up the radio - what's the difference it's not like as though it's television (even though TV sets for home didn't exist in those days).
The hen is admiring the picture of Mr. Bingo by hugging it until her mate enters the hen house in which she hides the picture away from him. The chicken then starts to grow jealous. Don't be jell, be reem. As she is trying to hide the picture away from the chicken by hiding it with her hands - the chicken is very suspicious and nosy. The hen starts to giggle but then hears the sounds of Bing Crosby singing on the radio and switches it off. Bernice Hansen does the giggles of the hen until the hen finds that she was looking at a picture of Mr. Bingo in which he stomps it on the floor and walks off. The hen then starts to weap in tears after the picture got stomped on (well; it's not ripped so it's still in a fine condition).
Mr. Bingo walks out in a sophisticated pose greeting to them "Good morning, girls" as he raises his hat to them. They all giggle at him with admiration. What tarts. Mr. Bingo then walks out in his nice walk cycle until he throws his rosette from his suit to one of a lucky lady. The "lucky lady" would be difficult to decide since the joke is that they fight over the rosette from Mr. Bingo which could get to the result of it being damaged if the fighting continues.
Mr. Bingo's car is driving down the countryside as he's probably enjoying the beauty side of it while I imagine that he would live in the city streets; perhaps. He honks his car with a type of horn that even has some rhythm to it.
Mr. Bingo raises his hat as he says "Good mornin' my pretty lady". Emily is rather shy as she covers her face blushing with the giggles as she also admires him. Mr. Bingo then looks up and down at her physique in which he is impressed with her looks (but for a human just sitting down at the audience watching the cartoon - who would?). I like the point of view shot of Mr. Bingo looking up and down at Emily's physique although I'm not going to complain if she has breasts because hens HAVE breasts but just not in the shape of a human.
Mr. Bingo opens the door of his car and offers Emily a ride around the city in which she accepts. The car then leaves which leaves the chicken left out and alone because Mr. Bingo has managed to "score a chick" easily. ;-) - you can makes puns out of these.
Mr. Bingo then passes Emily a bottle of red wine and offers her a glass in which she rejects (How come? Is she teetotal or something or just too drunk?) Mr. Bingo then continues to woo her with his "boo-boo-bo-boo" sounds in which she giggles while Mr. Bingo is acting all flirty. She replies with "Oh Bingo", in which he gives her a glass of wine as she originally rejected from. She takes a drink but suddenly gets to the point of choking as though it's the most horrid wine she's ever tasted or something. Nothing to do with Teetotalism but probably just doesn't like wine, I guess. Then what DOES she like to DRINK?
Mr. Bingo then starts to loose interest in Emily in which he is more interested in the club singer. The singer acts all flirtatious around him as she reaches the table where he is sitting at. If only Freleng made wild takes in this short (or if Avery worked on it) then it would be more entertaining.
Mr. Bingo then brings out a waiter to toss out Emily in which he does so as he is taken out of the nightclub hotel. She starts to pick herself up since she has got a footprint stuck on her rear end that clearly tells us she was booted out of the hotel. She walks away from the hotel, sobbing.
This is some pretty serious scenes here as she has nowhere to stay. Instead she's in the middle of the streets trying to sell violets as she barks it out to try and attract any customers but none it works. Floristry has clearly been a failure for her.
The radio then starts to play Mr. Bingo's music on the radio to the same song that was played at the end of the cartoon. The rooster finally cannot take another minute of listening to Mr. Bingo's music as he gives up his own radio and smashes it onto the floor. I like that little gag at the end where Mr. Bingo does his "boom-boom-boom" sounds in which the radio is making the reaction beat sounds but then it dies down until the radio has finally broken. The rooster then plans to go out and find Emily himself to win her; and bring her back home. As he opens the door; the blizzard is almost blowing him away as he keeps on opening doors as he almost crashes by - which is some type of cartoon humor but very slow and unfunny comic timing presented.
Over at the radio startion where Mr. Bingo is singing his song; the chicken storms into the "Poultry Broadcasting" station. He then see some off-screen violence going on inside the station as we know that Mr. Bingo has been beaten up. The chicken (who is unnamed throughout this cartoon as I know of) then walks out of the station since he done his part of the job.
It doesn't happen until a spark of luck just arrived as he turned around the edge of a building where Emily is found shivering in the streets trying to sell violets. As she shouts "Violets" - the chicken then turns around and shouts "Emily!" with amazement as they both reunite, as she replies with "Am I so glad to see ya? Don't you ever leave me again!" WHAT?! She left HIM; so why did she say that; and saying that were THEY already a couple by then or what? This is just doing my head in; as I can no longer care if they're already going out, married or not.
It becomes settled until the piano sounds from one of their chucks is singing the tune to one of Mr. Bingo's songs from the Poultry Broadcasting station on top of piano keyboards. The father throws a book at the chick to cut off the racket as the annoying singing has finally ended which is a funny gag to end the cartoon to show they're anti-Mr. Bingo citizens.
Overall comments: This was an average cartoon in my opinion and I didn't find it particularly exciting and this certainly isn't The Swooner Crooner where it was funnier and even popular with fans. The animation in some parts of it was in fact pretty good. The relationship between the chicken and Emily confused me enough because I wasn't sure if he was going to ask her out or if they were already going out. I like how that he males dislike the influence of Mr. Bingo from the craze of the hens - when this probably used to happen to Bing Crosby. I admit the character designs of the Emily hen has some appeal to it; even though this isn't something out of a 1940's character design. The effect of the green skinned color on the chicken character is a good use of mood by jealousy.