A Good Time for a Dime

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : May 9, 1941

Running Time : 7:37


Donald visits a penny arcade where he sees a risque Daisy dancing in one of the nickelodeon shows and later has trouble with the airplane ride.


Donald Duck
Daisy Duck


Dick Lundy
Ted Bonnicksen
Bob Carlson
Walt Clinton
John Elliotte
Jack Gayek
Art Fitzpatrick


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Donald
Donald Duck in die Größte Show der Welt
Donald Superstar
Buon Compleanno Paperino


United States
Limited Gold Editions - Donald


I Love Donald
Donald's Golden Jubilee
Donald : Limited Gold Edition


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 40: Crazy Over Daisy
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 10
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 11

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Ryan : When I first saw this short, I loved it and I still do today. I especially liked the part where Donald keeps trying to get the camera from the crane. He gets ripped off of course and gets some balls that cover the objects inside it. Typical crane characteristic. I know how he feels that happens to me quite a bit when I'm at the carnival. I try to get something that I want, but always end up getting something that I don't. Another part I liked was where Donald was looking into the nickelodeons and sees the "Dance of the Seven Veils," which features a harem girl who looks like Daisy. It was funny seeing Donald's face sprout devil horns on it. This is definitely a cartoon that every Disney fan should have in his/her collection.
From Brad Bethel : I really liked this Donald Duck cartoon. His day at a carnival's penny arcade reminded me very well of my own personal interest in video arcade games. Apparently, Donald was the only one attending the arcade at the time; he must've been the last to find out about their dirty business. He missed the end of the 'seven veils' viewfinder, an uncooperative crane machine deprived him of a camera he wanted, and has trouble using a time-limited airplane. Those incidents somehow reflect what happens when you lose your patience with arcade games. Also, this is yet another short in where Donald Duck has trouble using (or getting) a camera; maybe he's a photographer unknown. Anyway, this is one of Donald's strongest performances of the early 1940's.
From Dino : I really liked this Donald Duck cartoon. Donald visits a penny arcade and sees the Dance of the Seven Veils. When Donald puts a penny in the slot, he sees Daisy Duck doing the dance. It also funny seeing Donald Duck with Devil Horns on it. He missed a little bit of the dance. Also Donald saw a claw machine and tries to get the camera out of the machine. But he missed it and got some red balls out of the machine. He tried again. He got the ink and claw machine took the cork off and the ink went in his hat. He tried one more time. He got the magnet and the claw machine got it and the magnet got all of the prizes out of the machine. Then he forget one more prize, a perfume thing or something. The claw machine just got the the perfume thing and sprayed perfume out of it. The perfume made Donald sneeze. Then all of a sudden he sneezed hard and all of the prizes goes back into the claw machine. He gets bright red. Also last in this cartoon, Donald sees a airplane ride. He has trouble riding it. He goes way up to the ceiling. When he looks down he's afraid of heights. Then he comes down he gets shaky. Then he leaves the penny arcade. This is really my favorite Donald Duck cartoon.
From Gabe Bennett : While watching this short recently, I began to wonder if the Disney animators managed to slip something by the censors at the end of Daisy's "Dance of the Seven Veils". It took several tries, but I finally managed to pause the film on veil seven, which is shown only for a split second before the "The End. Thank You!" title card. The only thing on the card is a backside pose of Daisy and just like the other cards, she's not naked by any means (thankfully.)
From Baruch Weiss : "A good time for a dime" huh? Well, it wasn't really a good time for poor Donald!

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