Wild Wife
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: February 20, 1954
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Rod Scribner
Charles McKimson
Phil DeLara
Herman Cohen
Layouts: Robert Givens
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Marsha
Preceded By: Feline Frame-Up
Succeeded By: No Barking
Merrie Melodies - Une femme oisive (1954)

Merrie Melodies - Une femme oisive (1954)

Wild Wife (1954)

Wild Wife (1954)

Wild Wife is a 1954 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.


The title is a pun of "Wild Life".


John comes home from work and immediately starts asking exhausted wife Marsha if she finished his chores. She finished them all but one (mowing the lawn). After John makes a sexist remark about how women like her have all the time in the world as housewives and stay-at-home moms, but can never get anything done, Marsha tells John the story of how she spent her day.

Marsha describes listening to him snoring all night, then jumping out of bed to close the windows and make breakfast for him, their kids and the family dog. She then cleaned the house with the vacuum John bought her for their anniversary (and ends up sweeping the floor after the dust comes out the other end), went to the bank (where she was stuck behind customers making very large deposits in pennies), the blood bank (where a meek, green-skinned man named Casper J. Fragile is more interested in a blood withdrawal than a blood deposit), the department store, the drugstore (which, back when this cartoon was made, had a soda counter where one would order milkshakes and malted drinks), the grocery store, and the hair salon (where she was so concerned about the parking meter time limit that she went out in curlers and clay mask to deposit an extra quarter and scare a passerby in the process; all for nothing as the city replaced the parking meter with a fire hydrant and a police officer gave her a ticket and mocked her claim that it wasn't there when she parked her car).

Unimpressed, John asks if that is all she did. His eyes light up when Marsha says she also bought something for him. It was a rolling pin and she summarily bashes him with it, punctuating it by saying, "Little man, I have had a busy day!"




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