Booby Traps
Booby Traps
Directed By: Bob Clampett (uncredited)
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Dr. Seuss
Released: January 1944 (Army-Navy Screen Magazine issue 19)[1]
Series: Private Snafu
Story: Phil Eastman
Dr. Seuss
Animation: Manny Gould
Robert McKimson
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Private Snafu
Preceded By: Rumors
Succeeded By: Snafuperman
Booby Traps - 1944 - Private SNAFU

Booby Traps - 1944 - Private SNAFU

Booby Traps is a 1944 Private Snafu short.


Private Snafu is on North African desert patrol. The narrator tells Snafu that "If you're a boob, you will be trapped." Snafu sneers that "I ain't no boob and I won't be trapped." He avoids the booby-trapped shower, but almost falls for the camel with a contact mine for an udder. Then he finds an Arab harem full of barely-clad beauties. There's a hookah full of TNT instead of tobacco, and one of the girls has bombs where her shapely curves should be. And there's a piano with the music for "All Those Endearing Young Charms" resting on top. One of the keys is booby-trapped with explosives, but Pvt. Snafu can’t seem to get that last note. Once Snafu finds that one of the girls is actually a fake rigged with bombs, he catches on and runs away, dodging knives and trapdoors as he goes. Once Snafu is safe, a small statue of Adolf Hitler appears next to his ear and plays "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms" correctly. Snafu runs back to the piano, plays the song correctly, and gets blown up. Floating on a cloud as an angel, Snafu plays "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms" on his harp and is blown up again.


  • Blu-ray, DVD - Private Snafu: Golden Classics (Thunderbean Animation)


The booby-trapped piano, with the key triggering the dynamite being the last one in a phrase from the song "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms" is a gag used in several Warner Bros. cartoons. This is the first use of that gag.


  1. Private Snafu: Golden Classics (Thunderbean Animation)
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