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1930-1939

Bosko in Bagdad (1938)

Animated short. Directed by Hugh Harman. Bosko's mammy gives her son a bag of cookies to bring to his grandma. It's the dead of night, and she warns him not to let his imagination go "percolatin.'" But Bosko can't help himself. The sight of a frog, and his wish that a magic carpet would take him to grandma's, set his imagination afire; and soon he's in Baghdad with giant jazz-playing frogs, who try to steal his cookies. They tempt him with watermelon, they threaten him with castor oil. But Bosko gets the better of these thieving frogs and escapes from his imaginary Baghdad. 10 min.

Broken Strings (1940)

Directed by Bernard B. Ray. Cast: ClarenceMuse, Sybil Lewis, William Washington,Tommiwitta Moore, Stymie Beard, Pete Webster,Edward Thompson, Buck Woods, Jess Lee Brooks,Earl Morris. An all-Black melodrama concerninga classical violinist who injures his fingers.His son tries to earn the needed cash torestore his father's paralyzed hand byfollowing in his father's footsteps as aviolinist but to his father's displeasure, heprefers swing to classical music. 70 min.;
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Cartoon Collection, V

Cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s showing thepervasiveness of racial and ethnic stereotypes. In additionto cartoons, the video includes sing-alongs, intermissiontrailers and an animated preview of Snow White. Contents:"Any Bonds Today?" (sung by Bugs Bunny)--"Let's Sing withPopeye": Excerpts from the first Popeye cartoon and Popeyesings 'I'm Popeye the sailor man.' -- "Plane Dumb" (Tom andJerry)-- "Porky's Hare Hunt" -- Trailer for "Snow White"--"Minnie's Yoo Hoo" (sung by Mickey Mouse): Sing-a-long tothe lyrics on the screen as Mickey Mouse directs the MickeyMouse Club theme song.

Cartoon Scandals: A Study of Violence, Racism and Sex in Cartoons

By today's standards, many of these 1930s-1940scartoons are now considered too risque or offensive by TVcensors and have been edited or banned from TV. Thiscollection features some of these rare classic cartoons intheir original, uncut, uncensored versions. Concludes withthe animated short by Lenny Bruce, "Thank you, mask man," agay parody on the Lone Ranger saga.

Check and Double Check (1930)

Directed by Melville W. Brown. Cast: Freeman Gosden, Charles J.Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich. Cab drivers Amos 'n' Andy(characters from the radio show Amos 'n' Andy) contract totransport Duke Ellington and his band out to Blair estate, wherethey meet Richard Williams who is in love with Jean Blair. Richardmust find the deed to his family property before he can marry Jean.Meanwhile, Amos 'n' Andy, after spending the night in a hauntedhouse, find the deed. Notable as the only motion picture producedstaring the radio comedy team, Amos n' Andy. 85 min.

Chu Chin Chow (UK, 1934)

Directed by Walter Forde. Cast: George Robey (Ali Baba), Anna May Wong (Zahrat), Fritz Kortner (Abu Hasan), John Garrick (Nur-al-din). A musical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Penniless woodcutter Ali Baba finds himself wealthy when he discovers the secret treasure cave of the Forty Thieves, but soon finds he must contend with Abu Hasan, a thief posing as a Chinese mandarin in order to steal Ali Baba's riches. Wong plays the slave girl who must help Ali Baba in his adventure. 102 min.

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Director: Anatole Litvak. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer, George Sanders, Paul Lukas, Henry O'Neill. Ed Renard is a G-Man investigating a huge Nazi spy ring in the United States. Contacts are discovered and arrested in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Based on articles by Leon G. Turrou. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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