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"When the moon is new, I always make a little wish or two, and when I want someone to tell them to, what do I do? I page Miss Glory!"
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Page Miss Glory is a 1936 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by an uncredited Tex Avery and with art direction provided by Leadora Congdon.

The short is notable for being one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.

Should not be confused with the 1935 romantic comedy, which the cartoon is presumably named after.

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  • Alcohol Hic: The Mouth Cam shot features a guy take a sip of a martini, and then hiccups.
  • All Just a Dream: Most of the cartoon is a bellboy dreaming about meeting Miss Glory.
  • Art Deco: The short is distinctly designed in this style except in the beginning and ending.
  • Art Shift: When the bellboy falls asleep, the film shifts from a traditional 1930s cartoon look to a more stylized Art Deco design.
  • Big Eater: Subverted. A fat man at the restaurant is given a huge meal, but then he just eats an olive and pushes himself away.
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  • Creator Cameo: Rural caricatures of the uncredited crew, including Avery himself, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett and writer Melvin 'Tubby' Millar, can be seen outside the hotel at the end of the cartoon.
  • Fainting: The bellboy after The Reveal.
  • Mouth Cam: There's a shot of a man drinking a martini shot from inside his mouth.
  • The Reveal: Miss Glory finally arrives... and she's a little girl.
  • Scenery Porn: The Art Deco backgrounds are gorgeous, especially when you consider the low budgets the animators had to work with.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The ending has the eponymous girl quipping, "Play, Don," a Jack Benny catch phrase, referring to Don Bestor, who led the orchestra for Benny's show in 1934-35.
    • The Cosmopolitan Hotel in it was a reference to William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Pictures, which at the time had moved from MGM to Warner Bros. The studio was basically a vehicle for Hearst to promote his mistress/common-law wife Marion Davies' film career.
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    • Page Miss Glory came from the title of the 1935 live-action movie starring Davies.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The bellboy, being tall, lanky and bucktoothed, you would expect him to speak in a hillbilly-like Simpleton Voice. Instead, he's voiced by a ten-year-old Tommy Bond.
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