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From Hare to Heir is a 1960 Merrie Melodies short directed and written by Friz Freleng.


At Bedlam Manor, in 17th-century England, Sam, Duke of Yosemite finds out from his big-nosed servant that his uncle, the King, has decided to cut off his allowance. Sam punishes the servant for this message, accusing him of "not having the books balanced," by giving him the nose-in-the-book penalty, slamming a heavy book on the servant's big nose. Sam is desperate for money. Bugs Bunny comes to his door offering one million pounds to a mild-tempered person. Whenever Sam loses his temper, a small fraction of the one million pounds will be deducted, the size of the fraction depending on what Bugs thinks it suits. Sam welcomes Bugs into his home, anxious to receive the one million pounds.

Bugs is an annoying house guest; this naturally provokes Yosemite Sam to lose his temper and losing more money. First, Bugs asks Sam for multiple items at dinner, first salt, then pepper, and later olives, all while sitting at the opposite end of a very long dining room table. Each time he is asked for something, Sam loses his temper, and cusses and shouts out phrases like "Rackin' Frackin' Varmint Rabbit." Each time Sam loses his temper, he loses money as well. This makes him even madder, causing him to lose his temper over and over again. Going into a closet to rant and rave doesn't help, as Bugs can hear him, causing Sam to lose his first three hundred pounds, then four hundred when Sam shouts, "Three hundred pounds?!", so Sam has to run outside to rant and rave.

That night, Bugs keeps provoking Sam by playing the piano and singing his version of "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" obnoxiously while Sam is trying to sleep, only for him to say "Stop that music, ya crazy rackin', frackin', varmint rabbit!" After Bugs deducts some more money for Sam losing his temper, Sam asks Bugs to sing him to sleep by playing "Brahms' Lullaby". Bugs then becomes a one-man band and ticks off Sam even more, though Sam pretends that he likes it.

Next morning, Bugs hogs the bathroom and when Sam knocks on the door and demands him to "Get out of there!", Bugs opens it quickly and accidentally smashes Sam between the door and the wall. When Sam shouts at him to get out, Bugs deducts even more money, four hundred pounds and thirty-five shillings this time. Already furious, Sam pounds his head on the piano, making Bugs think Sam's playing a song. Realizing he's not going to have any money left if the temper-money deductions keep up, Sam gets an idea to kill Bugs in order to receive all of the one million pounds, planning to make it look like an accident.

Each time Sam tries to kill Bugs, it backfires, causing Sam to fall into his own trap and get injured. First, he saws a hole in the floor outside the bathroom door, covers it with a rug, and tries to get Bugs to come out by telling him somebody wants to see him, but Bugs orders Sam to tell whoever it is to come back the next day as he'll be in the bathroom all day. This makes Sam mad enough to bust into the bathroom and push Bugs out, only to fall through the very same hole into the river below, all the while cursing. When Sam returns and Bugs tells him he's done with the bathroom, Sam rushes at him, but falls through the hole and into the river again, cursing the entire way down.

Later, Bugs climbs up a really long staircase saying, "The Alps have got nothing on these stairs for climbing." At the top, Sam, dressed in a suit of armor, tries to chop off Bugs' head with a double-bladed axe, but Bugs ducks and Sam falls down the stairs. While falling down the stairs, Sam continues to rant, curse and rave, and Bugs continues the deductions.

Finally, the next day, Sam gets control of his temper. He tries to show Bugs this by having his servants physically abuse him repetitively by kicking him, throwing pies in his face, and hitting him with a rolling pin. Bugs says, "I haven't got the heart to tell him he's used up all the money."




  • The ABC version of this cartoon shortens the part at the end where Yosemite Sam shows Bugs that he "...don't get mad no more" and lets his servants kick him, hit him in the head, and slam a pie in his face (before Bugs asides that he doesn't have the heart to tell Sam that he lost all his money).[1]


  • When Bugs sings "Brahms' Lullaby" in an obnoxious manner near Sam's room, his mouth doesn't move.
  • During the bathroom scene, the bathroom door is inconsistently open inward and outward in certain shots.


  • This scene was used in "From Hare to Heir" and "Devil's Feud Cake".

    A scene (pictured to the right) was later reused in "Devil's Feud Cake".
  • This cartoon was included in the 1983 compilation film Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island as the final cartoon for Sam's wish.
  • The foreign dubbing tracks done over the Bugs and Marvin VHS in 1997 have its original 1959-64 Merrie Melodies theme replaced with 1945-55 one.[2]
  • Beginning with this cartoon, several changes have been made to the opening/closing titles of the Looney Tunes cartoons for the early-1960s until the closure of the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio in 1964;
    • The copyright byline now says "Warner Bros. Pictures Inc." instead of "The Vitaphone Corp."
    • After the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies card it now fades to black instead of cross-fading to the cartoon titles.
    • The end cards now have either "A Vitagraph Release" (Looney Tunes) or "A Vitaphone Release" (Merrie Melodies) underneath the "A Warner Bros. Cartoon" byline.



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Preceded by
Rabbit's Feat
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Lighter Than Hare
Bugs Bunny Shorts
1938 Porky's Hare Hunt
1939 Prest-O Change-OHare-um Scare-um
1940 Elmer's Candid CameraA Wild Hare
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitTortoise Beats HareHiawatha's Rabbit HuntThe Heckling HareAll This and Rabbit StewWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperThe Wacky WabbitHold the Lion, PleaseBugs Bunny Gets the BoidFresh HareThe Hare-Brained HypnotistCase of the Missing Hare
1943 Tortoise Wins by a HareSuper-RabbitJack-Wabbit and the BeanstalkWackiki WabbitFalling Hare
1944 Little Red Riding RabbitWhat's Cookin' Doc?Bugs Bunny and the Three BearsBugs Bunny Nips the NipsHare Ribbin'Hare ForceBuckaroo BugsThe Old Grey HareStage Door Cartoon
1945 Herr Meets HareThe Unruly HareHare TriggerHare ConditionedHare Tonic
1946 Baseball BugsHare RemoverHair-Raising HareAcrobatty BunnyRacketeer RabbitThe Big SnoozeRhapsody Rabbit
1947 Rabbit TransitA Hare Grows in ManhattanEaster YeggsSlick Hare
1948 Gorilla My DreamsA Feather in His HareRabbit PunchBuccaneer BunnyBugs Bunny Rides AgainHaredevil HareHot Cross BunnyHare SplitterA-Lad-In His LampMy Bunny Lies over the Sea
1949 Hare DoMississippi HareRebel RabbitHigh Diving HareBowery BugsLong-Haired HareKnights Must FallThe Grey Hounded HareThe Windblown HareFrigid HareWhich Is WitchRabbit Hood
1950 Hurdy-Gurdy HareMutiny on the BunnyHomeless HareBig House BunnyWhat's Up Doc?8 Ball BunnyHillbilly HareBunker Hill BunnyBushy HareRabbit of Seville
1951 Hare We GoRabbit Every MondayBunny HuggedThe Fair Haired HareRabbit FireFrench RarebitHis Hare Raising TaleBallot Box BunnyBig Top Bunny
1952 Operation: RabbitFoxy by Proxy14 Carrot RabbitWater, Water Every HareThe Hasty HareOily HareRabbit SeasoningRabbit's KinHare Lift
1953 Forward March HareUpswept HareSouthern Fried RabbitHare TrimmedBully for BugsLumber Jack-RabbitDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Captain HareblowerBugs and ThugsNo Parking HareDevil May HareBewitched BunnyYankee Doodle BugsBaby Buggy Bunny
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Hyde and HareKnight-Mare HareRoman Legion-Hare
1956 Bugs' BonnetsBroom-Stick BunnyRabbitson CrusoeNapoleon Bunny-PartBarbary-Coast BunnyHalf-Fare HareA Star Is BoredWideo WabbitTo Hare Is Human
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBedevilled RabbitPiker's PeakWhat's Opera, Doc?Bugsy and MugsyShow Biz BugsRabbit Romeo
1958 Hare-Less WolfHare-Way to the StarsNow, Hare ThisKnighty Knight BugsPre-Hysterical Hare
1959 Baton BunnyHare-abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolFright Before Christmas
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young BunnySpaced Out Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 (Blooper) Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 From Hare to Eternity
2004 Hare and Loathing in Las VegasDaffy Duck for President