The Mouse on 57th Street
The Mouse on 57th Street
Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: John W. Burton
David H. DePatie
Released: February 25, 1961
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Bob Bransford
Layouts: Maurice Noble
Owen Fitzgerald
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Julie Bennett
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Little Brown Mouse
Spiffany's Man
Preceded By: Hoppy Daze
Succeeded By: Strangled Eggs
The Mouse on 57th Street (1961)

The Mouse on 57th Street (1961)

Merrie Melodies - The Mouse On 57th Street (1961)

Merrie Melodies - The Mouse On 57th Street (1961)

The Mouse on 57th Street is a 1961 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


The title is a play on the 1933 film The House on 56th Street.


An unnamed mouse in a yellow hat helps himself to what he thinks is a huge lump of cheese in a bakery but, after chewing a hole straight through it, realizes that it is really 100-proof rum cake, which has made him more than a little drunk. The mouse staggers away, hiccupping.

The next morning, he has a severe hangover, and sounds of drilling at a nearby construction site give him excruciating pain. He grabs the nearest piece of ice he can find to apply to his head, and again he has made a mistake - the ice is the Sunflame Diamond from Spiffany's, and two policemen, one of them a lunkhead, are assigned to investigate the "theft" of the jewel. They bungle all their attempts to catch the mouse who has the jewel tied to his head, with the running gag consisting of the idiotic Muldoon getting distracted over the jewel (followed on with the repeated quote "Oh de boy! The diamond!") which causes his fellow police partner to get all the bad luck due to Muldoon's stupidity.

As the chase intensifies, the jewel falls off the mouse's head and lands on the fellow policeman's head, causing Muldoon to continuously clobber him in the head, thinking its the diamond. The mouse observes this from the inside of the bakery, and seeks refuge in the exact same rum cake he ate the previous day.


  • The jewelry store, Spiffany's, is a play on the Tiffany's jewelry stores. Also, there's a department store called Lacy's, which is based on the Macy's department stores. In the Looney Tunes short, "A Waggily Tale", there's a department store called Stacy's.

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