Lady, Play Your Mandolin!
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Directed By: Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced By: Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger (associate producer)
Released: August 2, 1931
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Norm Blackburn
Film Editor: Bernard B. Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Music: Frank Marsales
Starring: Foxy
Preceded By: The Tree's Knees
Succeeded By: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!
Warner Bros

Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies - "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" (1931) (Foxy's Debut)

Lady, Play Your Mandolin! is a 1931 Merrie Melodies short directed by Rudolf Ising.


Animal patrons at a Mexican cafe sing the title song. Foxy rides up on his horse but when the horse tries to go inside, he ties its neck around a cactus. He enters the cafe and sings. Roxy takes the stage playing her mandolin and Foxy joins her in a duet. When the horse frees itself and sings with them, Foxy steps out and clobbers it with a bottle. Foxy and Roxy finish their song but as the music plays out, the horse stumbles in, drinks a bottle of firewater, begins hallucinating, and dances so fast that he catches fire. A mouse climbs out of the horse's singed pants and slams a garbage can lid for the final cymbal clang.



  • Starting with this short, all Looney Tunes shorts would be directed by Hugh Harman, and all Merrie Melodies shorts would be directed by Rudolf Ising until 1933.
    • Although some of the 1933 LT and MM shorts would sometimes be co-directed by Friz Freleng with either Harman or Ising.
  • This short has rarely been shown since its original release.[1] It was shown as part of the Toon Heads special The Lost Warner Bros. Cartoons, with some parts cut for time.
  • This is the first Merrie Melodies short to be produced and released.
  • This short marks the debut of Foxy and Roxy.
  • This short entered the public domain in 1960 due to Sunset Productions/Guild Films, owner of the shorts, failing to renew the copyright in time.
  • This short was an anomaly of the selling of copyright to Sunset and Associated Artists Productions. Whereas the 1931-33 Merrie Melodies shorts were sold to a.a.p., this short on the other hand was sold to Sunset, along with the black and white 1933-34 Merrie Melodies shorts. It is currently unknown why this happened. As a result, the short does not have a Turner "dubbed version", like all of the other 1931-33 Merrie Melodies do, save "Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land".



  1. Toon Heads: The Lost Warner Bros. Cartoons

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