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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.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Dorlock Holmes is clearly a Sherlock Homage — he's a British detective; his name matches Holmes' almost exactly, and he has a politer sidekick called Watkins (whose name is a few letters from Watson). He's as clueless as Holmes is super-competent, as well as being flighty and quick-tempered where Holmes is controlled. Finally, though Holmes is a jerk, he legitimately wants to stop evil and protect the innocent. Dorlock threatens a little old lady with arrest for "hawking dandelions without a license."
  • 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. Unfortunately, he's rather clueless.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep":
    • The Shropshire Slasher confirms to Watkins that his apparent title is actually his name.
      Watkins: N-n-name? S-speak up, now, speak up!
      Slasher: Shropshire Slasher.
      Watkins: O-o-occupation?
      Slasher: Shropshire Slasher.
    • At the end, the crook's mother actually calls him "Slasher."
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Watkins, who is Dorlock's sidekick and the most competent person in the short. (Not that he has a lot of competition.) It's ultimately him and not Dorlock who ends the Slasher's reign.
  • 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", the Slasher recognizes her as his own mother. Given that he's failed miserably every time he's fought the Slasher, this quickly tells Dorlock that he's in trouble:
    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: The title puns 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.