The Organ Grinder
Directed By: Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced By: Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger (associate producer)
Released: April 8, 1933
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Thomas McKimson
Film Editor: Bernard B. Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By:
Music: Frank Marsales
Starring: The Organ Grinder
Preceded By: Bosko in Dutch
Succeeded By: Bosko in Person

The Organ Grinder is a 1933 Merrie Melodies short directed by Rudolf Ising.


The lost art of the organ grinder and his monkey is celebrated in this grand Depression-era cartoon! A beloved Italian organ grinder plays his music and sings his song through an immigrant- filled ghetto neighborhood, where hard-scrabble kids and well-proportioned matrons get hep to the beat that flows from the organ grinder's calliope. Lots of spoofs of life on the Lower East Side and lots of monkeyshines as the organ grinder's pet performs "42nd Street" and imitates some Hollywood greats. The monkey takes wing and gets behind the wheel of a car, driving all over the area and wrecking everything.


  • (2008) DVD - The Mayor of Hell (1995 Turner dubbed version)
  • (2020) Streaming - HBO Max (restored)



  • The copyright for The Organ Grinder was renewed on April 6, 1961.[1]


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