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Get Rich Quick Porky is a 1937 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Bob Clampett and starring Porky Pig. Originally in black and white, it was redone in color in 1967. It is noted for being the last cartoon by Ub Iwerks studio, along with Gabby Goat's final appearance in the original theatrical cartoons.

When a conman called John Gusher tricks Porky and Gabby into buying a vacant lot he claims is full of oil (using a tanker hooked up to underground pipes), the two think they're on their way to becoming millionaires. However, throughout the hijinks that ensue during the digging, Porky begins to realize he's been had. However, the joke ends up being on Gusher when it's discovered there really is oil on the land.

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  • Accidental Truth: Gusher rigs the lot's sprinkler system so that it shoots oil as part of his scam. What he doesn't know is that there actually is oil under the lot, only really deep down. It just takes Gabby and his runaway jackhammer to reach it.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Porky is about to take his money to the bank when Gusher grabs his attention and tries to sell him the empty lot. Before Porky can object, Gusher just takes the money from his hands. Later, when Porky asks for his money back, Gusher tries to talk him into buying back the deed for one dollar. Fortunately, Gabby strikes oil at that exact moment.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The mischievous gopher manages to salvage Porky's deed back, though under the negotiation of getting 50/50 of the oil.
  • Brick Joke: The gopher who was doing magic tricks with the dog's bone appears at the end to give Porky back his deed.
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  • Honest John's Dealership: John Gusher is your typical unscrupulous conman, selling Porky a useless plot of land with false promises of oil (which turn out to be accidentally true), then trying to buy it back for one measly dollar.
  • My Card: John Gusher shows it to Porky and Gabby so quickly they don't have time to read it.
  • Stock Femur Bone: Porky digs one up while looking for oil, which attracts the attention of a passing dog.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Gabby is noticeably less of a grouch here, conveyed more as a hedonistic and gullible friend to the more sensible Porky, and even smiling multiple occasions for non-vindictive reasons. Since the reason Gabby was retired after this short was the audience finding him too unpleasant, one could consider this the staff's attempt to tone him down as a final attempt to win people over.
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  • Water-Geyser Volley: The oil gusher that Gabby creates sends Porky and Gusher up in the air. Before that, the dog trying to bury his bone finds that the small oil spurts set up by Gusher keep pushing it back up. In trying to cover them up with his paws, the dog ends up being hoisted up by them.
  • Weaponized Jackhammer: An accidental example with Gabby, whose jackhammer goes out of control and gets dragged by it through the ground. Not only does he accidentally strike oil, he ends up jackhammering Gusher in the butt.
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