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A Good Time for a Dime

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A Good Time for a Dime
File:A good time for a dime poster.jpg
Film Poster
Directed byDick Lundy
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringElvia Allman
Pinto Colvig
Walt Disney
Clarence Nash
Music byLeigh Harline
Animation byJ.C. Melendez
Ted Bonnicksen
Bob Carlson
Walt Clinton
John Elliotte
Jack Gayek
Art Fitzpatrick
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Walt Disney Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
May 9, 1941 (1941-05-09)
Running time
7 minutes 37 seconds
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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A Good Time for a Dime is a 1941 Disney short film in which Donald Duck watches a risqué Daisy perform the "Dance of the Seven Veils" in a Mutoscope at a penny arcade nickelodeon peep show.[1] Donald also struggles with a crane drop machine and a miniature airplane ride.

Concerning the "somewhat orientalized Daisy", the Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters says that her appearance is "a brief and anonymous one; it is also her sexiest."[2] However, it has been criticized as "unproblematically [representing] all of the Western stereotypes about the harem. A Good Time for a Dime manufactures the harem as a setting separate from any social phenomena and full of obliging women happily catering to male sexual fantasies."[3]

Plot[edit]

Inside a penny arcade, Donald inserts a coin to play a Mutoscope entitled "Dance of the Seven Veils". The pictures show dances of a Daisy Duck looking dancer until Donald's viewing is rudely interrupted by a black out. Next Donald tries out a crane machine to win a camera, but he finishes empty handed. Then Donald goes on a coin-operated airplane ride, but his ride is very short. When he tries to get another ride for free, the plane goes out of control, Donald nearly getting caught in the airplane propellers and becoming airsick. With that, Donald leaves the arcade.

Reception[edit]

The Film Daily called the short a "dandy cartoon", saying, "Donald Duck is back with a plenitude of hearty laughs for audiences in this short."[4]

Motion Picture Herald said that A Good Time for a Dime is "an excellent Donald Duck color cartoon that pleased everyone,"[5] and "one of Disney's funniest".[6]

References[edit]

  1. Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 74–76. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Grant, John (1998). Encylopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters (2nd ed.). Hyperion. p. 81. ISBN 978-0786863365. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Smoodin, Eric Loren (1993). Animating Culture: Hollywood Cartoons from the Sound Era. Rutgers University Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780813519494. Retrieved 13 June 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. "Reviews of Short Subjects". The Film Daily. 79 (95): 9. May 15, 1941. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  5. "Short Features". Motion Picture Herald. 143 (11): 50. June 14, 1941.
  6. "Short Features". Motion Picture Herald. 143 (10): 61. June 7, 1941.

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