The Old Army Game

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : November 5, 1943

Running Time : 6:58


The old shell game gets a new face as Donald stays off-base past "Taps" and has to try to sneak back in with out alerting Pete.


Donald Duck


Jack King
Paul Allen
Bob Carlson
Carl Barks
Jack Hannah

Cut Scenes

A scene where Donald considers suicide thinking that he has been cut in half has been snipped out.


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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 Jerry Edwards : Private Donald Duck sneaks into the barracks after a night on the town, but is caught by Pete, his sergeant. Donald hides under one of three crates when Pete chases him. Pete, frustrated when he cannot find which crate Donald is under, kicks the crate in anger - which the sharp top of a fence slices in half. Donald lands in a hole and, seeing the crate, assumes he has been cut in two. Pete also assumes so when he sees only the top half of Donald and feathers scattered around the other half of the crate. Donald takes Pete's pistol to put himself out of his misery, but Pete begs Donald to crawl behind the bushes. As Donald crawls, first Pete and then Donald realizes that Donald is not injured. Pete loses his temper and chases Donald with his bayonet rifle.

A fun Pete versus Donald wartime short, which makes no sense when the suicide attempt is censored.

From Ryan : This is one of Donald's greatest hits. I enjoyed the part where Pete is keeping watch at night to make sure the soldiers are all in their bunkers. He sees a fake Donald Duck (made out of flour bags, clothespins, etc.)and a sound effects record of repeated snoring recordings. Donald has actually snuck out of the army camp. I also liked the part at the end of the short where Pete is chasing Donald and there is a speed zone sign that says to go slow. They slowly move off into the distance.
From George M. Peters : What really gave me a bellyful of laughs was the sound effect record, "Assorted Snores". I wonder if there is such a sound effects CD available today.
From Baruch Weiss : This short is okay, but it is not anything to write home about. In fact, the most dramatic moment in the cartoon was when Donald thought he had been cut in half, so he attempts suicide!
From j.p.hope : I like this short

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