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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, if ever, 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.


  1. Toon Heads: The Lost Warner Bros. Cartoons

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