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Swooner Crooner is a 1944 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin.

Porky Pig is manager of the "Flockheed Eggcraft Factory". Every morning, a workforce of hens marches in and lays eggs in support of the American war effort, popping out eggs in assembly line manner. However, the hens are distracted by a very skinny rooster named "Frankie" who bears a notable resemblance to Frank Sinatra. The hens are so besotted by the charming Frankie that they stop laying eggs. Porky, who needs to get his hens back egg-laying, then has to find another crooning rooster who can charm the hens back to work. He finally gets help when he hires a Bing Crosby rooster.


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  • Clock Tampering: One hen, late to clock in for work, sets the time back before punching her card.
  • Down on the Farm: Porky, running a chicken ranch. (A real one!)
  • Lustful Melt: One hen melts into a puddle in classic style while watching Frankie.
  • Groupie Brigade: All the nens leave their positions en masse to watch Frankie sing.
  • Something Else Also Rises: A very obvious sexual metaphor when the hens start laying lots of eggs when they get a look at the handsome Bing Crosby rooster.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Porky puts out an ad for a crooning rooster. He suffers through a montage of terrible rooster interviewees that includes a rooster Nelson Eddy, a rooster Al Jolson, a rooster Jimmy Durante, and a rooster Cab Calloway. Finally the Bing Crosby rooster arrives and fixes Porky's problem—sort of. By the end, everyone else on the ranch is laying eggs...including Porky.
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  • Wartime Cartoon: An analogy, of course, to American civilian war workers making munitions, airplanes, tanks, and ships for the American war effort.
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