She Was an Acrobat's Daughter
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 10, 1937
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Bob McKimson
A.C. Gamer
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
Dave Barry
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Gabby Goose
Dole Promise
Who Dehr
Maestro Stickoutski
Lester Coward
Bette Savis
Little Oscar
Barking Woman
Preceded By: Porky's Romance
Succeeded By: Porky's Duck Hunt
1937-04-10 She Was An Acrobats Daughter (MM)

1937-04-10 She Was An Acrobats Daughter (MM)

She Was an Acrobat's Daughter is a 1937 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.


Before the show begins at a movie theater, a patron stands and walks to the lone empty seat. A second patron switches to the seat just vacated. A third and a fourth and soon everyone in the house is caught up in a flurry of seat-switching. The newsreel contains a few gags and caricatures, then there is a sing-along of the title song. The feature spoofs The Petrified Forest. Finally, an annoying gosling sneaks into the projection room and plays with the controls before getting caught in the gears.



  • Three different 1995 dubbed prints exist for this short. The first USA print has no borders at the opening titles and it was aired by Cartoon Network USA. The second USA print has blue borders at the opening titles and it was aired by Tooncast Latin America. The European print also has blue borders at the opening titles.
  • "Bacall to Arms", released in 1946, uses the same premise as this cartoon. In fact, some animation is reused.
  • The cartoon features a parody of MGM'S lion logo with a rooster crowing instead of the usual roaring. Interestingly, MGM would end up owning this short due to their purchase of United Artists (which had owned the pre-August 1948 WB cartoon library, of which this short was a part) in 1981.
  • The European Turner "Dubbed Version" replaces the 1937 opening music of "Merrily We Roll Along" with that of the 1941-1945 one.[1]


  • Lowell Thomas
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Lew Lehr
  • Leopold Stokowski
  • Leslie Howard
  • Bette Davis