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Western Animation / Deduce, You Say!

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Name: Shropshire Slasher Occupation: Shropshire Slasher

"Deduce, You Say!" is a 1956 Looney Tunes short directed by Chuck Jones. Daffy Duck is Dorlock Holmes, with Porky Pig as sidekick Watkins, as they attempt to track down the notorious Shropshire Slasher.

"Deduce, You Say!" provides examples of:

  • Almost Dead Guy: Subverted. The case is touched off when a man collapses on their front stoop. However, when Dorlock begins to analyze the "corpse," he gets up. Turns out, he just tripped over the step.
    Man: You'd best have that step fixed, guv'ner!
    Holmes: Just for that, you get no gratuity.
  • Aside Glance: As Dorlock boasts of his superior physical skill while completely failing to restrain him, Slasher briefly looks at us in confusion.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Aside from narrating, Watkins addresses the audience directly a few times.
  • Butt-Monkey: Daffy, of course.
  • David Versus Goliath: Dorlock lampshades this as he starts to take on the Slasher.
    "You may be big, but I'm small!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Watkins.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When an old woman arrives to the bar selling flowers, Holmes instantly jumps all over her and threatens to have her arrested for peddling without a license. Unfortunately for Holmes, she's the Slasher's mother.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Dorlock begins to harass a flower woman, the Slasher recognizes her and beats him up. They then leave together.
    Slasher: I promised the nice gentleman I'd give meself up now, Mother.
    Slasher's Mother: You always was a good boy, Slasher.
  • Great Detective: Dorlock thinks he's an awesome detective.
  • His Name Really is Shropshire Slasher: His mother actually calls him "Slasher" at the end.
    • And he confirmed it to Watkins earlier.
      Watkins: N-n-name? S-speak up, now, speak up!
      Slasher: Shropshire Slasher.
      Watkins: O-o-occupation?
      Slasher: Shropshire Slasher.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Arguably, Watkins, who is the most competent person in the short and Dorlock's sidekick. Not that he has a lot of competition.
  • Large Ham: Daffy gets ridiculously giddy and theatrical whenever he finds a "clue."
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dorlock fails miserably against Slasher every time, but it's threatening to arrest the man's mother that really gets him pummeled.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: At the end, after Holmes has been put through so much abuse by the Slasher:
    Watkins: Tell me, Holmes, at what school did you learn to become a detective?
    Holmes: (dazed) Elementary, my dear Watkins. Elementary.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Dorlock attempts to arrest a little old lady for "hawking dandelions without a licence":
    Shropshire Slasher: Muvver!
    Dorlock: Mother? Mother...(in a terrified squeak) really?
  • Parody: Of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Politeness Judo: The Shropshire Slasher gives himself up just because Watkins politely asked him to.
  • Pun-Based Title: On "The deucenote  you say!"
  • Punny Name: "Dorlock Holmes"
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Exaggerated. Daffy as Dorlock Holmes rudely interrogates innocent civilians; Porky's Dr. Watkins gets the villain to give himself up just by asking him politely.
  • Sherlock Homage: Daffy as "Dorlock Holmes". Unfortunately for Daffy, he's every bit as incompetent as Holmes is supercompetent.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Watkins is a spoof of this.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: What kind of detective school did Holmes go to? Elementary!
  • Talking the Monster to Death: After all of Holmes' fighting skills fail to subdue the Slasher, Watkins gets him to give up willingly just by asking him nicely.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Conversed; Holmes boasts that he can't see how the Slasher can hope to withstand Holmes' superior skill, but the Slasher demonstrates exactly how immediately: by flexing his arm to reveal a bicep almost as big as Holmes himself.