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Along Flirtation Walk
Along Flirtation Walk
Directed By: Isadore Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 6, 1935
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story:
Animation: Bob McKimson
Paul Smith
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor:
Voiced By:
Music: Norman Spencer
Starring: Chicken College Students
Preceded By: Buddy's Theatre
Succeeded By: My Green Fedora

Along Flirtation Walk is a 1935 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Friz Freleng.

Plot

Human-like chicken students dance on the night before the big college football game, with couples dancing to a funny animal band and then listening to a glee club duck quartet harmonizing on the title number. The camera pans across the campus to show us a romantic fowl couple spooning on a park bench. Comes the big egg-laying game, it's Plymouth Rock College vs. Rhode Island Red University.

Censorship

There appear to be at least three scenes edited from this cartoon as evidenced by three abrupt cuts in the music score:

  • The first occurs immediately before one of the Plymouth Rock hens attempts to lay eggs only to have chicks emerge from her nest.
  • The other two occur when the black Plymouth Rock hen is finally sent out by the duck coach to lay eggs. We see dozens of eggs being laid but we do not see the hen actually lay them. Furthermore, when she first sits on her nest, she's still wearing the Plymouth sweater. Seconds later after the two latter jump cuts, we see her on her nest wearing a girdle and no sweater with two other Plymouth hens assisting her.

One can only speculate that the censors apparently found some egg-laying scenes to be too graphic or offensive for audiences and thus excised them from the film's original release print.[1]

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References

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