'Taming the Cat' is an above-average Heckle and Jeckle offering. The opening sequence is a bit odd. We see a house cat next to an unoccupied birdcage as he pulls a canary feather out of his mouth. Hmm, I wonder what happened? Now he hangs up a sign: 'Songbirds Wanted'.
I never knew that magpies were songbirds, but Heckle and Jeckle apply for the job. Now, here's the most delightful part of the cartoon. With Jeckle playing the piano, Heckle distorts his own beak into a parody of Jimmy Durante's schnozzola, and (in a splendid imitation of Durante's voice) he sings a sprightly ditty called 'A Couple of Songbirds Today'.
Unfortunately, the ensuing mayhem is just a bit too by-the-numbers, and some of this material (with a cat getting clobbered indoors) seemed more appropriate for Tom and Jerry. However, Jeckle does an amusing variant on the "lady getting dressed" gag which he performed in several previous cartoons. My rating for this one is 9 out of 10, but mostly for that delightful song ... which Heckle reprises at the finish.
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