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Back Alley Oproar

1947

Summary: Sylvester's nocturnal concert is preventing Elmer from getting his sleep.

Director: Friz Freleng

Writer: Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce

Featuring: Elmer Fudd; Sylvester.

Onreel

0:17 Sound cue in credits: "Largo al factotum" from "The Barber of Seville." (See Rabbit of Seville.)

0:35 Sound cue as Elmer gets ready for bed: "Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart."

1:06 Sylvester is back on "Largo al factotum." (He skips passages to suit himself.)

1:48 Stomping around to a bit of "Hungarian Rhapsody #2." (See Rhapsody Rabbit.)

2:05 Sylvester has not only been tied up, but put in sneakers to keep his feet from making noise.

2:12 Our next number is "Some Sunday Morning." When Elmer throws The Thin Man, Sylvester fires back with Return of the Thin Man (a title which never existed as a book or film, although there were numerous sequels with similar names).

3:15 "You'll Never Know Where You're Going Till You Get There." This song was co-written by Jule Styne, of all people!

3:50 The male cat with the incongrous soprano is singing the aria "Carissima," about which I can find no information other than that it was written by Arthur Penn and is unrelated to the Elgar work of the same name.

4:53 Brahms' Lullaby gets 'em every time (even when improvising some of the lyrics).

5:15 This cue is "Frat" by John Barth, a staple of Carl Stalling scores.

5:37 "Moonlight Bay," an old chestnut. Sylvester is singing both parts of the duo.

6:02 After he drops anchor, Sylvester does the sailor's hornpipe to get to and from the milk, before attempting to resume "Moonlight Bay."

6:32 Sylvester's final number, "Angel in Disguise," which begins with a straight vocal and then speeds up with all manner of odd sound effects and mayhem, is a direct nod to the work of Spike Jones. If you've ever heard any Spike Jones songs, you'll understand. If you haven't, well, you basically just did.

7:07 The angelic Sylvesters, numbered according to his "nine lives," are performing the sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor" as they float away (despite the fact that there are more than six of them; in fact there are more than nine of them).

Offreel

The sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor" also makes an appearance in Book Revue and in Long-Haired Hare.

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