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Lady, Play Your Mandolin!
Lady, Play Your Mandolin
Directed By: Rudolf Ising
Produced By: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger
Released: September 5, 1931
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Norm Blackburn
Film Editor:
Voiced By:
Music: Frank Marsales
Starring: Foxy
Preceded By: The Tree's Knees
Succeeded By: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!
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Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies - "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" (1931) (Foxy's Debut)

Lady, Play Your Mandolin! was the first Merrie Melodies cartoon, released in 1931. This short has rarely been shown since its original release.[1] It was shown as part of the Toon Heads special The Lost Warner Bros. Cartoons.


Animal patrons at a Mexican cafe sing the title song. Foxy rides up on his horse but when the horse tries to go inside, he ties its neck around a cactus. He enters the cafe and sings. Roxy takes the stage playing her mandolin and Foxy joins her in a duet. When the horse frees itself and sings with them, Foxy steps out and clobbers it with a bottle. Foxy and Roxy finish their song but as the music plays out,
the horse stumbles in, drinks a bottle of firewater, begins hallucinating, and dances so fast that he catches fire. A mouse climbs out of the horse's singed pants and slams a garbage can lid for the final cymbal clang.


This short marks the first appearance of Foxy and Roxy.


  • Public domain in 1960 due to Sunset Productions/Guild Films, owner of the shorts, failing to renew the copyright in time.
  • This cartoon was an anomaly of the selling of copyright to Sunset and Associated Artists Productions. The 1931-33 Merrie Melodies were sold to a.a.p., but this cartoon was sold to Sunset, along with the black and white 1933-34 Merrie Melodies. It is currently unknown why this happened. As a result, the short does not have a Turner "dubbed version", like all of the 1931-33 Merrie Melodies do, sans Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land.


  1. Toon Heads: The Lost Warner Bros. Cartoons

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