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Good Noose is a 1962 Looney Tunes short directed by Robert McKimson.

Title

The cartoon's title is a pun on "good news."

Plot

A ship captain announces that all stowaways found aboard are to be hanged. Upon hearing this, almost all stowaways leap off the ship and swim away. The captain orders his faithful parrot, Mr. Tristan, to look for any stowaways and have them roped. Daffy Duck, the only remaining stowaway, is caught. Before he can be hanged, he is able to persuade the captain to let him go by pretending that he's a magician and is willing to entertain him.

His first so-called magic trick is pulling a fish out of his cap, which turns out to be an inflatable prop that Tristan bursts with a pin. Daffy pulls a milk bottle out of his sleeve. Mr. Tristan reveals three bottles of milk under Daffy's cap, claiming that everyone knows that trick. Daffy tries a card trick, but Tristan sabotages this by placing a lit stick of dynamite on the deck, which explodes in Daffy's face. Daffy attempts a concoction trick inside of the Captain's hat, which also involves the captain's valuable watch given to him by the Queen. After Daffy predictably botches the trick, he throws the hat with the watch inside it overboard. The enraged captain calls for Mr. Tristan to bring him the rope, but Daffy takes the rope for his next trick. He asks Tristan to tie his hands behind his back, and lock him into a wooden chest, from which he will escape in ten seconds. Tristan quips, "Simple trick; anybody can do it... but he can't!" This is true for poor Daffy, who is trapped inside for ten days, and is finally freed by Mr. Tristan, who loops a noose over him, and he is strung up by the captain. Daffy offers to perform his last resort, a disappearing act. The captain gives in to the offer, but states to Daffy that this is his last chance.

Daffy's "disappearing act" is really a plot to dispose of the double-crossing Mr. Tristan. He places him atop a barrel of gunpowder, leaving behind a trail of powder to serve as a fuse. He puts a cloak over Tristan and lights the trail of gunpowder, which unfortunately burns towards the opposite direction and straight back into the explosives storage room from where Daffy had brought out the barrel. As a result, the entire ship is blown up. As the Captain floats atop a plank of wood among the wreckage, Tristan remarks, "The whole ship's gone!", declaring it an amazing trick. Daffy, who is nearby in a barrel, the noose from earlier wrapped around his neck, remarks, "Sure, but what can you do for an encore? Sheesh!"

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Censorship

Because of the scenes of Daffy being strangled on a noose and being locked in a trunk for ten days, this cartoon hardly airs on network television out of fear of impressionable viewers imitating the dangerous stunts. However, versions shown on Nickelodeon and the former WB network have aired a heavily-censored version where all scenes of Daffy being on a noose or locked in a trunk are edited, making this a very short and incoherent cartoon.

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Daffy Duck Cartoons
1937 Porky's Duck Hunt
1938 Daffy Duck & EggheadWhat Price PorkyPorky & DaffyThe Daffy DocDaffy Duck in Hollywood
1939 Daffy Duck and the DinosaurScalp TroubleWise QuacksNaughty Neighbors
1940 Porky's Last StandYou Ought to Be in Pictures
1941 A Coy DecoyThe Henpecked Duck
1942 Conrad the SailorDaffy's Southern ExposureThe Impatient PatientThe Daffy DuckarooMy Favorite Duck
1943 To Duck .... or Not to DuckThe Wise Quacking DuckYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatScrap Happy DaffyA Corny ConcertoDaffy - The Commando
1944 Tom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyPlane DaffyThe Stupid Cupid
1945 Draftee DaffyAin't That DuckyNasty Quacks
1946 Book RevueBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesHollywood DaffyThe Great Piggy Bank Robbery
1947 Birth of a NotionAlong Came DaffyA Pest in the HouseMexican Joyride
1948 What Makes Daffy DuckDaffy Duck Slept HereThe Up-Standing SitterYou Were Never DuckierDaffy DillyThe Stupor SalesmanRiff Raffy Daffy
1949 Wise QuackersHoliday for DrumsticksDaffy Duck Hunt
1950 Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelHis Bitter HalfGolden YeggsThe Ducksters
1951 Rabbit FireDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize Pest
1952 Thumb FunCracked QuackRabbit SeasoningThe Super SnooperFool Coverage
1953 Duck AmuckMuscle TussleDuck Dodgers in the 24½th CenturyDuck! Rabbit, Duck!
1954 Design for LeavingQuack ShotMy Little Duckaroo
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareStork NakedThis Is a Life?Dime to Retire
1956 The High and the FlightyRocket SquadStupor DuckA Star Is BoredDeduce, You Say
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBoston QuackieDucking the DevilShow Biz Bugs
1958 Don't Axe MeRobin Hood Daffy
1959 China JonesPeople Are BunnyApes of Wrath
1960 Person to Bunny
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitDaffy's Inn Trouble
1962 Quackodile TearsGood Noose
1963 Fast Buck DuckThe Million HareAqua Duck
1964 The Iceman Ducketh
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffySuppressed DuckCorn on the CopTease for TwoChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1980 The Yolks on YouThe Chocolate ChaseDaffy Flies NorthDuck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
1987 The Duxorcist
1988 The Night of the Living Duck
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 (Blooper) Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 Superior Duck
2003 Attack of the Drones
2004 Daffy Duck for President
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody
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