The Million Dollar Cat

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The Million Dollar Cat
Tom and Jerry series
Million Dollar Cat poster.jpg
The Million Dollar Cat film poster
Directed by Bill Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Voices by Harry E. Lang (uncredited)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Irven Spence
Ken Muse (as Kenneth Muse on the reissue)
Pete Burness
Ray Patterson
Assistant animation:
Barney Posner (uncredited)
Layouts by Harvey Eisenberg
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • May 6, 1944 (1944-05-06) (U.S.)
  • February 24, 1951 (1951-02-24) (Reissue)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:14
Language English
Preceded by The Zoot Cat
Followed by The Bodyguard

The Million Dollar Cat is a 1944 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 14th Tom and Jerry short. It was produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on May 6, 1944 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, it was reissued for re-release on February 24, 1951. This short is the first of a few in which Tom emerges victorious over Jerry.

Plot[edit]

While Tom is throwing darts at an apple on Jerry's head à la William Tell (he even throws one between his legs while blindfolded), a telegram arrives. Though it is meant for his owner, Tom reads it himself and discovers that he has been left a million dollars in a will from his owner's eccentric aunt, making him ecstatic. Jerry also reads the letter and gets ecstatic. Jerry points out that the will has a condition which would cause Tom to forfeit his newly acquired wealth if he harms any living animal, even a mouse.

The next day, news of Tom's inheritance quickly spreads and he moves to 1 Park Avenue, he quickly becomes accustomed to his lavish lifestyle, but Jerry keeps showing up and tormenting Tom with the "Even A Mouse" line in the telegram. Jerry tries to push Tom's buttons by smacking him in the face with his own dickey, assaulting him in his limousine, stealing his sundae, and hogging all of the bed sheets while he tries to sleep.

The next morning, after Jerry steals Tom's bathroom towel, he tries to get Jerry to leave by hanging a fire exit sign on the window and starting a fire in front of the bathroom door. Jerry promptly jumps out of the window, the cat cheers before sitting down to enjoy his breakfast, but when he grabs his napkin, however, he uncovers Jerry, who posts the telegram on the table and eats Tom's breakfast. As a final insult, he squirts Tom in the face by squeezing a grapefruit, reminding him that as long as the "Even A Mouse" rule stands, he can do whatever he wants to Tom, then he once again smacks Tom's dickey in his face, this proves to be the final straw: Tom loses his temper as his blood boils over with rage. Tom furiously grabs the telegram, tears it into pieces, and even shoves the "Even A Mouse" proviso into Jerry's mouth, literally forcing him to eat his words. Jerry swallows it in horror at what is about to happen, as Tom leaps into the air with a loud and insane scream before attacking Jerry by smashing the crockery and breakfast tray on him, after a few seconds, Tom contemplates that he is throwing away his fortune but he is still happy and satisfied, and then continues attacking Jerry.

Production[edit]

  • Directed by: Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: Bill Turner, Jack Ward
  • Animation: Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse, Pete Burness, Ray Patterson, Tom Golden, Nick Tafuri
  • Assistant Animation: Barney Posner
  • Layout: Harvey Eisenberg
  • Sequence Director: I. Sparber
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Co-Producer: William Hanna
  • Produced by: Fred Quimby

Voice cast[edit]

Availability[edit]

DVD

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