Before the cartoon begins; perhaps you should read the notice - and it's definitely a Tashlin trait for his animated cartoons with these descriptions telling us that it is fictional.
Release date: February 6, 1937.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Joe Dougherty (Porky Pig), Billy Bletcher (Borax Karoff) and Ted Pierce (W.C. Fields).
Animation: Robert Bentley and Joe D'Igalo.
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
Synopsis: Porky Pig takes part in a road race with other celebrities but are challenged by a Frankenstein who likes to cheat.
We then start to pan down to the stables to find that Porky Pig is working hard on his engine for the road race event today, as he will also be competing. The gag is that we'd think he's be hammering on the radiator but as his radiator leaves; we find that he is hardly doing any work than just hammering on two buttons on his car and then squirting oil on it. That is a type of character personality that appears to describe Porky Pig as rather lazy and clumsy in this cartoon as he had different personalities in almost each cartoon from that era until Bob Clampett changed him to make him a smart character as everyone would follow on his Porky.
He even continues to move in a very wobbly way walking away from his car to another short "special" car. He then sees what appears to look like a screw to him as he uses his spanner but it turns out to be W.C. Field's nose as he complains to him whacking him on the head; "Hey What do you think you're doing there, my good man? Keep your wrenches off my probesers. Yes." Charlie Chaplin then starts to skid out of the way not trying to get involved in any arguing and clearly uninterested.
Edna May Oliver: My good man, I need your assistance.
W.C. Fields: Ahh, just a moment, my little demi-tasse. My little chickadee, my little bonny lassie. Yes, coming.
W.C. Fields then steps out of his car to help out Edna May Oliver for her car problem as he is getting ready putting on his top hat as well as his jacket. All of the quotes that he is saying to her, "chickadee", "demitasse", etc. would've been lines from what he would say in movies or even what he would usually say to greet people. We've heard him use the word "chickadee" in 'At Your Service Madame' and he would've used that in real life elsewhere.
W.C. Fields then manages to bring out a bottle of moonshine to place on Edna May Oliver's radiator. After the bottle of moonshine is poured into the radiator tank; the tank then starts to hiccup as it continuously hiccups with the speed pacing going faster and faster and it would be interesting to know what the exposure sheets for the scene would look like. After that bit of fun with the moonshine; we find that Greta Garbo's feet are under the car as she is relieved; "At last I am alone". An engine is sailing inside a bathtub as it turns out to be Charles Laughton as the captain tipping his hat to the audience which is a reference to the MGM film 'Mutiny on the Bounty' Laughton and Clark Gable and legend Irving Thalberg was the film's producer.
He continues to squirt more oil out of his oil can with his race car numbered as "13" which seems slightly odd to me as though Frankenstein is going to get bad luck during the race; but maybe that's a hidden climax to the story - let's find out. Borax Karof then starts to turn on the engine of the car as it shakes slightly and the skull on the front of the car which is an ornament. It looks like to me that the Borax Karoff is having his secret way of winning and cheating.
All of the other cars are at the start line and Porky Pig then enters the line as the crowd cheers on him, "Yeah, Porky". Well; Porky Pig would've already been a cartoon celebrity around that time so it can make sense why he is in that race - but what about Mickey Mouse or Popeye - just kidding. The announcer then holds up the flag starting the race, "On your marks, set set...SCRAM!" All of the other cars then start to race out of the line with other cars racing out with speed as they go into that rhytmic tune "Shave and a Haircut" which is very funny comic timing. A black stereotypical scene of a black man in his car Stepin Fechit then talks in a stereotypical fashion, "I don't know why everybody's in such a big rush, I'm in no rush".
Even in some shots the cars don't identify the celebrities and only include these weird looking creatures that look like Jawa people from 'Star Wars' (screen grabbed on left). Pretty interesting when you freeze frame then you see what you'd not expect.
The speed of the cars racing however is a good use of speed as Tashlin was experimenting with what type of animation to use to make speed suitable such as the dust coming from the wheels as well as the use of speedlines.
Howard, Arliss and Bartholomew are driving their car and they notice W.C. Fields driving past them, Bartholomew then speaks to Howard:
Freddie Bartholomew: I beg your pardon, sir, could you tell me the time?"
Leslie Howard: (checks the time) It's four o'clock, chappie.
George Arliss: Four o'clock. Time for tea.
They then take a sip of their small cups of free and turn to the audience "Pip Pip! Cheerio!'. I'm not sure if that's meant to be a dated gag or just a take aping British stereotypes with the words they use and portraying them for drinking tea in posh accents.
Meanwhile the Borax Karoff character is in his car and is in the lead while he looks behind to check and the other racers are catching up. He then comes up with his crackpot ideas to cheat by throwing a box of tacks to the ground. The arcs animation of the tacks falling to the ground is pretty good as it's the same technique as to what Tashlin used in 'Porky's Poultry Plant'. Charles Laughton is still a sailor in his bathrub race car but has a cunning plan as he grabs out a fishing stick with a magnet attached to it with all the tacks attached to the magnet.
Edna May Oliver racing's car is still shaking pretty badly and is not going to get anywher far. As the speeding cars zoom past; parts of the racing car is removed; and after the other car - Edna May Oliver now looks like as though she's sitting on a small wagon. The next gag pops up which would be worth a laugh is Clark Gable portrayed as a hitchiker but the racing cars dash too fast that where Clark Gable is spinning around in tornado speedlines and after the other cars dash he is standing in a hole and we can only see Gable's hands making the hitch hiking movement.
Porky then starts to land on the glue but he manages to get past that with the glue stuck on the wheels. He crashes onto a pile of bricks and the gag is that his wheels form into the wheels of an army tank. Frankenstein then starts to grab out a grease gun from the competitors that they slip but not Porky as he can still handle with those bricks on his wheels that definietly come in handy.
The race is now at the nearing point of finishing as Porky is just behind the Borax Karoff character and Porky tries to surpass him but struggles since Borax Karoff knows his manuevers. Porky then grabs out an extender as he honks it leaving the car to go on the other side as Porky zips past.
Porky and the Frankenstein character then cross a bridge but the Frankenstein car then crashes while travelling through the bridge which is a good Tashlin technique for off-screen occurances. There is a draw-bridge that Borax Karoff missed whilst travelling as he takes that route so that he can think of a way to trap Porky from crossing it by pulling the switch in the control room for the bridge to draw upwards but Porky dashes into the scene and only finally makes it...