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Alice's Wild West Show

An Alice Comedy

Release Date : May 1, 1924

Running Time : 12:42

Synopsis

Alice and her friends put on a Wild West Show for the neighborhood kids where she regales the audience with her tales of cowboys and Indians.

Characters

Alice and Julius

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Animation
Walt Disney
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Live Action Actor
Virginia Davis
Tommy Hicks

DVD

United States
Disney's Alice Comedies : Volume 1
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Combination live-action and standard animation
Sound Mix: Silent
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by M. J. Winkler Productions

Comments

From Ryan : This is one of those Alice shorts where part of it is animated and the other part is live action. In the live action segment, Alice and her friends put on a wild west show for the neighborhood kids. Soon, however, the tough kid in town and his gang stop by and take up seating space in the audience. In the animated segment, Alice is a gunslinger in the old west and enters a saloon with her dog friend. I enjoy the lighting effects where she is shooting at the people, despite how primitive it is. The lights go out while she is shooting at some of the bad guys and then come back on to reveal a bunch of people (many of whom are innocent) to be lying dead with blood splattered everywhere.
From Gijs Grob : Alice organizes a wild west show for the kids in the neighborhood. All goes well until the bully 'Tubby O'Brien' and his gang show up. Her fellow actors chicken out, so Alice has to improvise some stories about her experiences in the 'wild and woolly west'. Enter the cartoon sequence. In her first story she defeats some Indians, in the second one she's a sheriff in a saloon, smoking a cigar and attending a bad performance of 'Sweet Adeline'. Meanwhile, the villain, "Wild Bill Hiccup" tries to steal the safe. He and Alice end up in a gunfight in which every other person in the saloon is killed. She chases the villain by car, returning the safe in the end. The gang of bullies is not impressed and they pelt her with vegetables. But Alice chases them all out of her humble theatre, beating up Tubby O'Brien herself. The cartoon ends with her triumphant smile. None of the animation (probably all done by Walt Disney himself) is particularly interesting. Nevertheless, this short is very charming and entertaining.

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