Daffy Duck is a novelty gag salesman operating on the sidewalk of a large city, selling things like flower squirters, a Joe Miller joke book, a rib-tickler, a cheap chicken inspector bag ("It's ... it's ... only 13 cents ...") and a 200 volt electric hand buzzer, even shocking himself with it in the process ("it's ... shocking ..."). However, he fails to sell anything to anyone. But after hearing a radio report declaring that the mirthless buzzsaw tycoon J.P. Cubish is offering a one million dollar reward to anyone who can make him laugh before he passes on, Daffy promptly sets off for the millionaire's home with dollar signs in his eyes.
Upon arriving at Cubish's mansion, Daffy finds that the butler (whom Daffy calls "Jeeves," "Ruggles," "Meadows," and other commonly-used servant names) is not willing to let him in. Daffy tries several ways to get inside (scaling the wall with a grappling hook, swinging in through the window on a rope, etc.), all of which end in failure (in one case, removing the butler's dentures in the process!). Daffy finally sneaks into the house by hiding in a package designed to look like a bottle of champagne (which the butler tries to keep for himself). Daffy ran for his life as the butler tried to kill him using an axe and cannon. Daffy climbs to the top of the building, only to run into the butler again ("Whoops. How are things in Glocca Morra?"). As the butler corners Daffy ("Once and for all, I'm going to..."), the wily duck starts interrogating the butler a la Humphrey Bogart ("Not so fast, my man, Goddfrey! It becomes increasingly apparent that I'm not wanted around here."), suspecting him of not wanting Cubish to return to his good health ("Are we to assume that there is anything significant in this attitude of yours? That A: A butler might not want his master to recover his good health. That B: Said butler should endeavor to remove from the premises the only person capable of restoring said health, to said master."), and even accusing the butler of attempted murder ("Where were you, the night of April the 16th? A likely story! I see it all now. You and the upstairs maid! 'Do the old boy in', you said! 'Elderberry wine and old lace', you said! 'Then, the quick getaway', you said! Rio de Janerio, tropical nights, romance and a heavy bank account! But you weren't smart enough John, alias Johnny, alias Jack, alias Jacky! Phew! What's Humphrey Bogart got that I ain't got?"). Ultimately, Daffy tricks the jittery butler into fleeing the house in disguise, so as not to be arrested. ("But just to show you I'm not all copper, I'm gonna give you a ten-minute head start!", "Don't try to fight me now, get going! Hurry! They're on your trail! Run! Out this way! [screams] And stay on the straight and narrow!")
At last, Daffy makes it to Cubish's bedroom, but before he can even unpack his novelty items, he slips on a rug and falls on a tray of food, covering himself in cake. Cubish finds this sight hilarious and laughs uproariously. In the end, Cubish keeps Daffy on hand as his personal jester, merrily throwing pies at the duck's face while he stands against a target. "It's a living," Daffy asides.
- (1993) LaserDisc - Daffy Duck's Screen Classics: Duck Victory
- (1999) VHS - Looney Tunes: The Collectors Edition Volume 3: The Vocal Genius
- (2010) DVD - Looney Tunes Super Stars' Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl
- (2020) Streaming - HBO Max
- Production Numbers: 1064, 1413 (reissue)
- MPAA Number: 12513
- Daffy's role as a salesman would be used again in The Stupor Salesman" (1948), "Fool Coverage" (1952), and "Design for Leaving" (1954). Elmer Fudd is Daffy's foil in the latter cartoon.
- This cartoon was edited into and served as the genesis of the plot for the 1988 compilation feature Daffy Duck's Quackbusters. In the film, Cubish "dies laughing" and leaves his entire fortune to Daffy, on the grounds that he use it to perform a beneficial public service "and to display honesty in all business affairs". When Cubish returns in spectral form and threatens to take away Daffy's inheritance, Daffy forms a ghost-hunting business to "rid the world of disgusting ectoplasmic slime like J.P. Cubish!...Uh, I mean, :nice: ectoplasmic slime like J.P. Cubish."
- This short was re-released on August 18, 1956, as a Blue Ribbon short.
- This was one of only five post-1948 Warner Bros. Cartoons to get a Blue Ribbon reissue prior to 1956 - with the original credits cut. The others were "The Foghorn Leghorn", "Kit for Cat", "Scaredy Cat", and "You Were Never Duckier".
- This is the only one out of the five that does not have its original titles restored for DVD release. However, a print of the original version is in possession of the Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland.[citation needed|date=]
- This is the only one of the five to have been originally released in Cinecolor; the others were released in Technicolor). Since the short was originally released in Cinecolor and re-released in Technicolor, the original closing titles were omitted and replaced with Blue Ribbon closing titles.
- This was the final cartoon in the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies series to have the original credits cut. Starting with "Mouse Mazurka", the credits were left in, however, the color rings would be cut off.
- A print of "Daffy Dilly" with a.a.p. titles was discovered a while back, although, again, this was a post-1948 cartoon (Thus the print might have been given to a.a.p. by mistake). This print no longer exists on YouTube as of 2016).
- When this cartoon aired on the channel SBT in Brazil, the blue ribbon opening rings were cut off and instead were replaced by the opening rings of "The Stupor Salesman" before cutting to the blue ribbon title card with the music still playing. In addition, the ending card is replaced by the ending card of "Odor of the Day", with the Looney Tunes theme being replaced with a shortened, synthesized version of the Merrie Melodies ending theme.
- Despite the existence of an original print, the restored version in Looney Tunes Super Stars' Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl is the Blue Ribbon version (it is not known if Warner Bros. was aware of the original print's existence or not).
- Because of this, it's the only creditless Blue Ribbon in the post-1948 package to be presented as such on DVD.
- The original title cards are on YouTube.
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