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Bars and Stripes Forever
The title card of Bars and Stripes Forever, circa 1939
Directed By: Ben Hardaway
Cal Dalton
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 8, 1939
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Rod Scribner
Layouts:
Backgrounds: Art Loomer
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Warden Paws
Barber
Jerry Colonna
Preceded By: Chicken Jitters
Succeeded By: Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur
Bars and Stripes Forever, with altered ending card and restored production code and opening

Bars and Stripes Forever, with altered ending card and restored production code and opening

Bars and Stripes Forever is a 1939 Merrie Melodies short directed by Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton.

Plot

Shenanigans in (and out of) prison. The prisoners are all anthropomorphic dogs, and they resort to all means possible to attempt a prison breakout. When the dogs in prison make a break for it, the canine cops are on their heels. The prisoners are really in the doghouse with the warden when they attempt to escape from "Alcarazz," where "stone walls do not a prison make... but they sure help!"

Availability

Original Card

The original opening and production code were restored for the Turner "dubbed version". However, the original ending is cut and replaced with the 1938 Leon Schlesinger "dubbed" card in the "dubbed version", at least in the American dubbed version.

For some reason a.a.p. hacked off the original card (hence early TV airings of the cartoon don't have the WB shield),[1] and the LaserDisc release replaced the hacked a.a.p. opening with "Gold Rush Daze"'s opening Color Rings. You can tell that the 1939 opening rings are from another source due to the un-matching color correction of the 1939 opening rings and the closing rings, as well as the blanked-out MCMXXXVIII Roman numerals in the copyright notice.[2]

The American Turner dubbed version is available as a special feature of the Invisible Stripes DVD, with "Hare-um Scare-um", also a Turner dubbed version, without the lost ending, since the DVD came out prior to 2012.

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References

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