Monday, February 21, 2011

022 There's Something About A Soldier

Title: There's Something About A Soldier
Studio: Columbia
Date: 02/20/43
Credits: -
Series: (Color Rhapsody)
Running time (of viewed version): -
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: -

Comments: This is the first of the relevant cartoons for 1943 that is, for my purposes as of this writing, lost. Assuming it actually exists. I am told it appears in the Library of Congress Copyright Catalog. My question is if a clerical error (or the title before a name change) could progress that far. There was a Columbia feature in '43 with the same name. It seems at best unusual for a short to have the same name as a feature of the same year (especially for as non-generic a title as this). This was listed in Boxoffice on February 27, 1943, and for several weeks afterward, as a Color Rhapsody, and that as much as anything I have access to seems to confirm its existence. It might be worthwhile to look at the description if there is one in the LOC and see if it matches up with either the feature or other Columbia cartoons. If the short does exist, perhaps there were issues with the song it was presumably based on (written by Cicely Courtneidge maybe), or the 1934 Fleischer cartoon of the same name.

1934 film clip

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