Alice Solves the Puzzle

An Alice Comedy

Release Date : February 15, 1925

Running Time : 6:47

Synopsis

Alice and Julius are playing on the seashore when Pete comes around, gets Julius drunk and tries to steal a crossword puzzle from Alice. Julius has to sober up to come to the rescue.

Characters

Alice and Julius
Pete

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Animation
Ub Iwerks
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Thurston Harper
Camera
Mike Marcus
Live Action Actor
Margie Gay

Milestones

The first appearance of the character who would later metamorphize into Pete; also the first appearance of Margie Gay, the second actress to play Alice.

Video

United States
Before Walt
Disney's Beginnings (1920-1927)

DVD

Alice in Cartoonland
Alice in Cartoonland
Disney's Alice Comedies : Volume 2
Before Walt

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 : Here it is! The first appearance of Pegleg Pete (who was then known as Bootleg Pete). In this short, Pete is a collector of crossword puzzles and discovers that Alice's puzzle is missing from his collection. The version of this short that I own has a poorly synchronized soundtrack added to it. Apparently, when this short was rereleased sometime in the 30's or 40's, Disney added a soundtrack to it. I think it was better off left the way it was.
From starsweeper : Lucy Maud Montgomery, famed author of 'Anne of Green Gables' took her kids to see this movie in Uxbridge, Ontario on August 22, 1925. I really like this journal entry because it shows how the Alice Comedies were received by audiences of the time:

"The film was a good one ... detailing the adventures of a cross-words puzzle "fan" was the most excruciatingly funny thing I ever saw. I laughed until my cheeks ached and I felt young again. I am thankful I have never lost the power to become a child again at will. We were just three kids together there tonight ... we had a good time, howling over it, and a lovely drive home, the three of us in the back seat, and had almost as much fun talking the movie all over again."