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Dumb Patrol is a 1964 Looney Tunes theatrical short directed by Gerry Chiniquy, starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, with Porky Pig in cameo.

Set in 1917 during World War I, France's war HQ has selected Captain Smedley (Porky Pig) to rid the skies of Germany's feared Baron Sam Von Schpamm (Yosemite Sam). The next day, however, Porky is knocked out by his comrade, Bugs, who takes his place because Porky has a family. Bugs then flies over the lines and challenges the Baron, who immediately takes to the skies in retaliation. However, the Baron soon finds himself going through his entire supply of planes in his futile attempts to shoot down the rascally rabbit.

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Not to be confused with the 1931 Warner Brothers cartoon of the same name, though it is the final classic era cartoon pairing Bugs and Sam.


Tropes appearing in this cartoon:

  • Decoy Protagonist: At first, it looked like Smedley (Porky) was the one starring in this cartoon. Then Bugs knocks him out to take Porky's place.
  • Drawing Straws: The French Air Corps chooses who will go against the Baron by drawing straws from a broom. Smedley picks the last straw, which is ridiculously long.
  • Pun: Bugs drops Sam a note, along with a bouquet of flowers. Sam complains that he wrote "Baron" with a lowercase B, but the note has a P.S. saying that he left a "big B" in the flowers. Out of the flowers comes a big bee that stings Sam in the nose.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: The letter variation. Apparently, Bugs knew Sam would complain that he spelled "Baron" with a small 'b', so his note included a P.S saying there was a "big B" in the flowers.
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  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: The cartoon ends with Sam's soul rising to Heaven, despite wearing a red devil costume, and playing a harp.
    Bugs: I've always heard of Hell's Angels, but I've never thought I'd see one.

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