|Bosko's Picture Show|
Bosko's Picture Show, released in 1933, was the last Looney Tunes Bosko cartoon produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising for Leon Schlesinger Productions and Warner Bros. The duo moved on to produce cartoons for MGM, the first of which were released in 1934.
Relatively devoid of plot, the short depicts Bosko hosting a movie show, playing a "Furtilizer" organ (a play on the name Wurlitzer), leading the audience in the song "We're in the Money". He goes on to introduce a mock newsreel which features caricatures of the Marx Brothers chasing a dog in a dog race, as well as a sequence depicting Adolf Hitler pursuing Jimmy Durante with a meat cleaver in hand, possibly the first time Hitler was depicted in an animated cartoon. It is followed by a short subject parodying Laurel and Hardy who are called "Haurel and Lardy" starring in "Spite of Everything". The climax of the movie is a burlesque melodrama, in which a stereotypical villain chases Bosko's girlfriend, Honey who was initially serenaded in the melodrama by the Marx Brothers.
This cartoon is available as part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6 DVD set, uncut, uncensored, and digitally remastered.
- Pre-Hays Code Hollywood films (both animated and live-action) were notorious for pushing the boundaries of what was considered taboo at the time, particularly the use of curse words and profane terms. For example, the Flip the Frog series often features the term "damn". In The Milkman (1932), part of the series, a character uses the term "hell" in the context of the phrase "What the hell do we care". However, this short is considered unusual for the supposed use of a stronger swear. When the villain first appears onscreen, Bosko shouts what sounds like "The dirty fuck." The word is not clearly heard, due to a muffled vowel and it has been argued that a flaw in the soundtrack rendered profane a more "polite" phrase, such as "dirty fox" or "dirty mug". Animator Mark Kausler has studied the lip movements of the character and insisted that "mug" was the intended word. He initially believed that the sound flaw only appeared on the 16 mm film version, and tried to record the sound off a 35 mm, nitrate film to correct this, leading to no better results, since listeners still heard the disputed word as "fuck". Animation historian Jerry Beck also had several people see the film, and they all concluded that Bosko did indeed call the movie villain a "dirty fuck." According to the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6 DVD set the subtitles for that scene read, "The dirty fox!", despite that "The dirty fuck!" can clearly be heard. Fans have theorized that the inclusion of a really nasty curse word was most likely a parting shot by Harman and Ising to Warner Bros. animation head Leon Schlesinger, with whom they disputed over various matters, though this seems unlikely, as both Schlesinger and Warners would have reviewed the cartoon prior to release and edited out the offending line (unless both Schlesinger and Warners misheard the line as "The dirty fox!", which is most likely what happened in this case, after the recent revelation). Regardless, the phrase was changed to "The dirty cur!" when this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon's "Looney Tunes on Nick" installment show, starting with the second time it was shown.
- Nickelodeon also cut the scene showing Hitler (shown for the first time in a Looney Tunes cartoon) chasing Jimmy Durante with a meat cleaver.