Hare-um Scare-um

When a hunter learns of higher meat prices, he goes off to hunt rabbits - but finds a screwball instead. A remake of the 1938 'Porky's Hare Hunt' (which, in turn, was a remake of 'Porky's Duck Hunt'.

In the first scene, in addition to the gag in the newspaper headline, there is a private gag below it, in the "Happy Hardaway" story:

Happy Hardaway, leading handicapper
Happy Hardaway

When you see the protruding jaw of Happy Hardaway you may think "Jay Leno!", but check this out:

Ben Hardaway, director of Hare-um Scare-um
Ben Hardaway

Was "Happy Hardaway" an alias for Ben Hardaway? Well, here is one of the stories of how the rabbit came to be known as "Bugs Bunny", as told by the granddaughter of Ben Hardaway: My grandfather was the original drawer of the bunny, who was originally going to be named, "The Happy Rabbit." Mel Blanc said, "Why don't you name him after the cartoonist, Bugs Hardaway. Call him Bugs' Bunny. And the rest was history. My grandfather got the name "Bugs" because he was a political cartoonist and would sign his name with little bugs following after it. So, from this story, it seems the creators of this cartoon gave Hardaway the rabbit's name ("Happy"), and later the rabbit got Hardaway's name ("Bugs"). Did Hardaway play the horses? Who knows...

This is the third feature for the rabbit who would go on to become Bugs Bunny. Here, however, he is not the cool smart aleck, but completely screwball: "just Daffy Duck in a rabbit suit" - with a voice and laugh that Blanc would later use for Woody Woodpecker (also created by Ben 'Bugs' Hardaway).

But he mostly resembles Max Linder in the second half of the 1917 "Max The Heartbreaker": pestering others with his wackiness, then kicking his heels and flying off into a carefree dance. And, like the Linder film, it ends with him heading off into the horizon alone on a road.

You know what this will cost you?
Thirty days...has September,
April, June, and Montana.
All the rest have cold weather - except in the summer, which isn't often!

Truer words were never spoken.

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Max The Heartbreaker (Max Entre Deux Feux)

Two girls crazy over Max. Begins as a romance (with some surprisingly nice cinematography) but, in the last 5 minutes, switches to comedy when Max learns the girls plan to kill each other over him! That sends Max into a wacky bliss, and he pulls a string of gags that look like they could have inspired Looney Tunes!

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Porky's Hare Hunt

Porky hunts a wacky wascally wabbit.

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