Pay Day
Directed By: Friz Freleng[1] (uncredited)
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: September 1944 (Army-Navy Screen Magazine issue 38)[1]
Series: Private Snafu
Animation: Ken Champin
Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross (all uncredited)
Backgrounds: Lenard Kester
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc[2]
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Private Snafu
Preceded By: Outpost
Succeeded By: Target Snafu
Private Snafu 14 - Payday

Private Snafu 14 - Payday

Payday is a 1944 Private Snafu short directed by Friz Freleng.


Somewhere in the Middle East, Snafu spends his payday walking through a local bazaar. Technical Fairy First Class operates his own stand, allowing Snafu to invest in his future. He presents a poster with an ideal future for Snafu: a suburban house, a streamlined car, a gorgeous wife, a baby in a stroller, and a doghouse on a well-manicured lawn. Snafu is ready to hand over his money. But a devil appears and lures him into a souvenir shop.[2] As Snafu spends his money, the image on the poster changes. The streamlined car is replaced progressively to a Ford Model T, to a horse and carriage, to a bicycle, and finally into a pair of roller skates.[2]

Later, in the Caribbean, Snafu wears a pith helmet and fondles a wad of cash. Its another payday. Technical Fairy appears to him with a bank-book. Within it written: "no dollars, no sense". Snafu is once again led astray, into a local bar. The smoke from the bar turns into a cocktail shaker. The image from the poster changes again.[2]

Still later, in the Arctic, Snafu purchases a totem pole from an Eskimo. Technical Fairy operates a "Last Chance" booth. Snafu chooses to enter a Quonset hut and risk his money in a game of craps. As he keeps losing, the image on the poster changes. The suburban house disintegrates into a flophouse, the stork repossesses the baby, and the wife packs a suitcase and leaves. Snafu exits the hut wearing a cardboard box. He has lost his clothes.[2]

He finds a single coin and runs naked to gamble it away. In the remains of Snafu's house, a phone rings. A mouse picks it up and informs the caller that Snafu does not live here anymore.[2]


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


  • The scene at the bazaar includes stalls operated by the Sheik and the Son of the Sheik. These are references to the films The Sheik (1921) and The Son of the Sheik (1926), both featuring Rudolph Valentino in the eponymous role.[2]


  • Shull, Michael S. & David E. Wilt

(2004), "Private Snafu Cartoons", Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945, McFarland & Company, ISBN 978-0786481699


  1. 1.0 1.1 Private Snafu Golden Classics
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Shull, Wilt (2004), p. 197-198
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