The Hardship of Miles Standish
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 27, 1940
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Gil Turner
Layouts: Owen Fitzgerald (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Elmer Fudd
John Alden
Miles Standish
Preceded By: The Bear's Tale
Succeeded By: Porky's Poor Fish
The Hardship of Miles Standish

The Hardship of Miles Standish

Laserdisc version

The Hardship of Miles Standish (1940) (with recreated ending)

The Hardship of Miles Standish (1940) (with recreated ending)

Merrie Melodies - The Hardship of Miles Standish (Dubbed)

Merrie Melodies - The Hardship of Miles Standish (Dubbed)

The Hardship of Miles Standish is a 1940 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


The title and story are a play on The Courtship of Miles Standish.


Elmer Fudd is messenger John Alden, sent to give Miles' love letter to Pricilla. While delivering the message, however, her house is attacked by Indians, and John is the only one who can save her.



  • The Miles Standish character is a caricature of comic actor Hugh Herbert and the Priscilla character is a caricature of actress Edna May Oliver.[1] The short features the voice of Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer, who also performs the song You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.
  • The short’s narrator is based on the “Old-Timer” character from the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show.
  • The prints of "The Hardship of Miles Standish" on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes LaserDiscs had the 1940 ending card replaced with the 1947-48 Merrie Melodies ending card, hence no print with the original ending card has been released on home video. Despite this, the original ending exists on the Viddy-Oh! For Kids Cartoon Festivals tape.



  1. (1989) Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, page 102. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2. 

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