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"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.


This animated short 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Aside from narrating, Watkins addresses the audience directly a few times.
  • Butt-Monkey: Daffy, of course.
  • 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 just because she came in. Unfortunately for Holmes, she's the Slasher's mother.
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  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Dorlock begins to harass a flower woman, the Slasher recognizes her and beats him up.
  • Great Detective: Dorlock thinks he's an awesome detective.
  • His Name Really is Shropshire Slasher: His mother actually calls him "Slasher" at the end.
  • 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."
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: At the end, after Homes has been put through so much abuse by the Slasher:
    Watkins: Tell me, Homes, at what school did you learn to become a detective.
    Homes: 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?
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  • Parody: Of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Politeness Judo: The Shrorpshire Slasher gives himself up just because Watkins politely asked him to.
  • Pun-Based Title: On "The deucenote  you say!"
  • Punny Name: "Doorlock 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 Homes 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.

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