The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1937



The Golfers

The Golfers

Release Date: 1/11/37
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
Artists: Laverne Harding, Ed Benedict, and Leo Salkin
Musical Score: James Dietrich

Notes:
  • Production Number: 102
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Incorrectly listed as The Golfer in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a December 1936 release.
  • Many prints of this cartoon have the gag involving the African-American caricature omitted. Click here to see an image of the edited scene.

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    House of Magic

    House of Magic

    Release Date: 2/8/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, George Dane, and Louis Zukor
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 103
  • Working title: Magic Shop
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Fell into the public domain in 1965
    Video availability:
  • Return of the 30's Characters (DVD; Thunderbean)

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    Everybody Sing

    Everybody Sing

    Release Date: 2/22/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Bill Mason and Ray Abrams
    Musical Score: Irving Actman and Frank Loesser

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 824
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Leonard Maltin incorrectly lists this cartoon as Everybody Sings.
  • The first cartoon featuring the more streamlined, slimmer variation of Manuel Moreno's Oswald.
  • Beginning in 1937, Lantz began to try alternative musical directors to James Dietrich. Lantz would use George Lessner, Nathaniel Shilkret, and song writing duo, Irving Actman and Frank Loesser.

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    The Big Race

    The Big Race

    Release Date: 3/8/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, George Nicholas, and Ben Clopton
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 104
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from The Crowd Snores (1932).

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    Duck Hunt

    Duck Hunt

    Release Date: 3/8/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Laverne Harding, Dick Bickenbach, and Jack Dunham
    Musical Score: Irving Actman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 825
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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    The Lumber Camp

    The Lumber Camp

    Release Date: 3/15/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, and Fred Kopietz
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 105
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon

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    The Birthday Party

    The Birthday Party

    Release Date: 3/29/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Louis Zukor, and George Dane
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 826
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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    The Steel Workers

    The Steel Workers

    Release Date: 4/26/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Ray Abrams, Leo Salkin, and Ed Benedict
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 106
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon

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    Trailer Thrills

    Trailer Thrills

    Release Date: 5/3/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Ray Abrams and Bill Mason
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 827
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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    The Stevedores

    The Stevedores

    Release Date: 5/24/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, George Nicholas, and Ben Clopton
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 107
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon

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    The Wily Weasel

    The Wily Weasel

    Release Date: 6/7/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Fred Kopietz, and Lester Kline
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 828
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Wiley Weasel
  • The first appearance of Doxie Dachshund.

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    The Country Store

    The Country Store

    Release Date: 7/5/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: La Verne Harding, Jack Dunham, and Leo Salkin
    Musical Score: George Lessner

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 108
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Gopher Trouble (1936)

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    The Playful Pup

    The Playful Pup

    Release Date: 7/12/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Fred Kopietz, and Lester Kline
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 829
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • We only have the original opening and closing titles of this cartoon. If you have a complete print, please contact us.



  • Fireman's Picnic

    Fireman's Picnic

    Release Date: 8/16/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Ray Abrams, Ed Benedict, and Bill Mason
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 109
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Watch for cameos by Oswald Rabbit and Elmer the Great Dane at the beginning of this one.
  • Many prints of this cartoon have the ending with the drunk giraffe omitted. Click here to see images of the edited scene.

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    The Rest Resort

    The Rest Resort

    Release Date: 8/23/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, George Nicholas, and Ben Clopton
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 110
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Manuel Moreno at Lantz

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    Ostrich Feathers

    Ostrich Feathers

    Release Date: 9/6/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Ray Abrams, Ted Dubois, and Ralph Somerville
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 111
  • A Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Ray Abrams at Lantz

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    The Air Express

    The Air Express

    Release Date: 9/20/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, and Laverne Harding
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 112
  • The final Meany, Miny, and Moe cartoon
  • The final musical score by James Dietrich for Lantz

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    Lovesick

    Lovesick

    Release Date: 10/4/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Artists: Uncredited
    Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkret
    Music: George Lessner

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 830
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Win Smith (noted for his work on the early Mickey Mouse comics) gets his first onscreen credit at Lantz.

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    The Keeper of the Lions

    The Keeper of the Lions

    Release Date: 10/18/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Charles Bowers
    Artists: Uncredited
    Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkret
    Music: George Lessner

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 831
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Animation pioneer Charles Bowers joined the Lantz staff in 1937 as a storyman. To streamline the product of the films, Bowers created a new character - the Dumb Cluck. This cartoon marks the first appearance of Oswald's short-lived costar.

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    The Mechanical Handy Man

    The Mechanical Handy Man

    Release Date: 11/8/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Charles Bowers
    Artists: Ray Fahringer, Ted Dubois, and Ed Benedict
    Musical Direction: George Lessner

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 833
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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    Football Fever

    Football Fever

    Release Date: 11/15/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 836
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Our only copy of this film is a Guild/Firelight reissue print. If you have a print with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.

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    The Mysterious Jug

    The Mysterious Jug

    Release Date: 11/29/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Artists: Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, and George Nicholas
    Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 832
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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    The Dumb Cluck

    The Dumb Cluck

    Release Date: 12/20/37
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Animators: Jack Dunham, Dick Marion, and Ed Benedict
    Musical Direction: George Lessner

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 835
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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