Tuesday 15 February 2022

Accidents Don't Happen

Ambulance chasers Tom and Jerry think they have an accident victim they can sell insurance to in Trouble, but when he floats harmlessly to the ground from the top of a skyscraper, it turns out he was never in any danger. He’s a stunt guy.

When Tom and Jerry read his business card, they faint. Their eyes turn to crosses like in those newspaper cartoons of 100 years ago.

In a nicely timed bit, the ambulance rolls them up to take them to hospital but when it drives away, Tom and Jerry are left on the ground. They sit up dizzily as the cartoon irises out.

John Foster and George Stallings get the “by” credit. Tom and Jerry sing an accident song about “broken legs, broken ribs.” Whether it’s a Gene Rodemich original, I don’t know, but I hope whenever this gets a good restoration we can hear the lyrics a little better.

This cartoon was released October 10, 1931.

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