The Super Snooper

The Super Snooper is a 1952 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Robert McKimson.[3] The cartoon was released on November 1, 1952, and stars Daffy Duck as a detective.[4]

The Super Snooper
Daffy Duck in The Super Snooper.jpg
Title card featuring Daffy Duck as "Duck Drake"
Directed byRobert McKimson
Produced byEdward Selzer
Story byTedd Pierce
StarringMel Blanc
Marian Richman
Ben Frommer
Arthur Q. Bryan[1]
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byHerman Cohen
Phil DeLara
Charles McKimson
Rod Scribner
Keith Darling[2]
Layouts byRobert Givens
Backgrounds byRichard H. Thomas
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
November 1, 1952 (US)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Daffy Duck is Duck Drake, a "Private Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat". He receives a call that summons him to the J. Cleaver Axe-Handle Estate, where somebody supposedly has been murdered. He arrives at the house and suspects a shapely female duck with red hair and a curve hugging red dress of committing the crime. The woman, referred to as 'The Body' shows him affection; saying "Rowr! Rowr! Oh baby! You gorgeous hunk of duck," and showers him with kisses. However, Drake, is only interested in inquiring about the murder.

Drake immediately accuses her of hating the deceased and drawing her "little pistol" out of her bag (the gun is a revolver with a very long barrel but somehow fits inside a change purse), pointing it at him and slowly squeezing the trigger, tighter and tighter and tighter...until six rounds plug Drake right in the face. At first the bullets appear to have decapitated him until his head sticks out from his jacket with his beak full of holes and proclaims loudly "Not so TIGHT!" He then elaborates (after she hikes up her skirt to reveal her long curvaceous legs, turns the lights out and plants numerous kisses on him) how 'The Body' grabbed the deer rifle off the wall, prompting the man (having apparently survived the pistol shots) to run screaming from the room then letting him have it when he tries to sneak out. Drake is shot multiple times while mimicking a game dummy so that the scoreboard goes from 5 to 200 before eventually saying "Pretty good shooting, sister".

The woman insists that he searches her and kisses him on the lips two more times. Amazingly, the target is still alive and kicking so the next scene involves her crushing him with a grand piano suspended from the ceiling. Drake predictably ends up on the receiving end of this reenactment after startling the woman into releasing the rope holding up the piano, which falls and crushes him through the floor, leaving him with piano keys for teeth. Even though the victim has been shot twice and squished by a piano, he is still defiantly clinging on to life, with the love struck duck getting another chance to kiss him on the cheek. This results in a last desperate attempt to kill him by moving nearby train tracks to the front door because the victim always watched the 5:15 express go past every day. At that precise time Drake opens the door and is flattened by the oncoming train, derailing and leaving him with a lantern on his head. After insulting the driver, he makes the shocking discovery that he is in the wrong house. "Silly boy! The ax handle estate is a couple of blocks up the street," The Body tells him.

Finally accepting that the seductress is innocent, he is further stunned when she claims being guilty "Of being crazy about you sweatheart!" Drake, having ignored her advances throughout the entire episode, notices the "old ball and chain" look in her eye (quite literally) and flees. He runs right through the front door. Not giving up on her 'cutie pie,' The Body hikes up her skirt and chases after him, also breaking through the front door which now houses their bride and groom imprints.

Home mediaEdit

The Super Snooper can be found on Disc 1 of the 2007 DVD set Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Super Snooper". BCDB.com. Retrieved August 17, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Robert McKimson 1952 cartoon Directors Lead Sheet 'THE SUPER SNOOPER' Daffy Duck | #1945005507". Worthpoint. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 241. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  4. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 70–72. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Lambert, David (August 5, 2007). "The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour - Complete Disc-by-Disc Details of Golden Collection Vol. 5 Cartoons, Extras". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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