Directed by Bob Clampett before he discovered his seasick sea serpent, this Porky Pig cartoon spoofs both of the haunted house basic plots – a house that’s really haunted and a house that only seems to be haunted because of a series of circumstances. Porky is a cop investigating strange sounds coming from an abandoned house. The first thing Porky encounters is a pair of shoes walking across the floor – a frog has gotten into each one. Then the “real” ghost shows up, voiced by Pinto “Goofy” Colvig, who sings a chorus of “Jeepers Creepers” from Warner Bros’ Going Places, with ghostly new lyrics, while doing spooky things like diving into a 1930s washing machine and coming out through the wringers.
Now, Porky’s so scared he can’t remember how to get out of the house but everywhere he goes, upstairs and downstairs, the ghost is behind each door he opens. Then he jumps into the arms of a rescuer – who turns out to be the ghost. Porky finally escapes to his patrol car outside. As he gets away, it backfires, giving the ghost a black face. The ghost in blackface does a Rochester impression saying, “My oh my! Tattletale gray!” All Warner Brothers cartoons are now owned by Turner’s ultra-politically correct Cartoon Network (they threw away all the Speedy Gonzales cartoons despite their popularity in Mexico), so if this one ever shows up on TV, the ending will probably be excised.
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