Tuesday 6 September 2022

Floating in Mid-Air

There’s not one, but two gags about things floating on their own in mid-air in the Tex Avery opus Thugs With Dirty Mugs (1939).

First, the police chief (played by John Deering) walks back and forth, promising himself he’ll get “Killer” the bank robber (voiced by Danny Webb). At one point, his cigar remains behind while he continues to pace.

Later, Killer points his guns at a bank teller. The guns helpfully remain in the air as he stuffs his pockets with cash.

Jack Miller helped with gags in this wonderful Warners gangster picture send-up, while Sid Sutherland got the animation credit.

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