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The Hardship of Miles Standish (1940)

In this version of "The Courtship of Miles Standish", Elmer Fudd is messenger John Alden, sent to give Miles' love letter to Priscilla. While delivering the message, however, her house is ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Jack Miller (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Grandson - Priscilla (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Miles Standish - Indians (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Radio Announcer / Grandpa (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... John Alden (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In this version of "The Courtship of Miles Standish", Elmer Fudd is messenger John Alden, sent to give Miles' love letter to Priscilla. While delivering the message, however, her house is attacked by Indians, and John is the only one who can save her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles wegen der Indianer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is obvious that the Indian mouths, "Goddamn son of a bitch". See more »

Goofs

The onscreen copyright date is MCMXXXX for 1940, instead of the correct MCMXL. It violates a specific Roman numerals rule: never use 4 or more similar letters in a row. See more »

Quotes

Grandpa: And that's the story of Priscilla and Miles Standish.
[sits back in his chair, lights his pipe and puffs]
Grandpa: And if that ain't the truth, I hope lightnin' strikes me!
[a huge bolt of lightning strikes the house. Grandpa is hanging from a rafter]
Grandpa: Anyhow, that's the way I heard it.
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Connections

Edited from Porky's Phoney Express (1938) See more »

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The Way I Heard It Was
28 October 2017 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

Friz Freleng returned to WB after a two year absence directing at MGM. After his return, he directed two shorts, starring the recently crystallized Elmer Fudd.

Elmer previously existed as a counterpart (or brother) to Egghead, a one-dimensional character created by Tex Avery. Tex used him as a running gag, or as the star character of a retelling of a well known story or historical event such as Cinderella MEETS FELLA (1938) or JOHNNY SMITH AND POKER-HUNTAS (1938). Freleng's shorts CONFEDERATE HONEY (1940) and this short follow that example. In fact one wonders if these shorts were originally conceived as Egghead shorts.

Here Elmer stars in the role of John Alden in an Old Timer's version of The Courtship of Miles Standish in the year 1621 1/2. (The Old Timer was a character on the radio sitcom Fibber McGee and Molly).

Freleng does a good job at emulating Tex's style of parody, juxtopositioning modern technology with technology of the given time frame of the story (i.e. Miles Standish using a phone booth and sending a telegram in 1621).

Surprisingly, the use of Native American stereotypes and the slur "injun" have not prevented this short from airing on television, even in recent times. (The most recent time I've seen it air was 2007).

A pretty solid Elmer Fudd entry otherwise


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