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A Joy Ride

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A Joy Ride
File:A Joy Ride Scene.jpg
Directed byGrim Natwick
Produced byJ.R. Bray
Color processB&W
Bray Productions, Inc.
Distributed byGoldwyn-Bray Comic
Running time

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A Joy Ride is a 1922 animated short subject made by Bray Productions. It is among the many films starring Judge Rummy, the character from Tad Dorgan's comic strips.


Out in the city, canine friends Judge Rummy and Silk Hat Harry gather to try something one of them made. Judge Rummy reveals a beaker containing a "cough medicine" he created, and his buddy is eager to taste it despite its purpose. But as Silk Hat Harry is about to take a sip, a nearby fire hydrant suddenly transforms into a giant stick-wielding monster. The monster steals the liquid and shoos the dogs away.

After having their "cough medicine" snatched, Judge Rummy and Silk Hat Harry head to a harbor for some boat rides. The two dogs select a boat trip in a lake where hearts and flowers make the scenery. On the way, they find a faucet attached to a tree. The faucet dispenses wine, of which both of them drink a glass. Moments later, they spot an attractive woman swimming in the water. Because of this, the dogs jump out of their boat, and try to swim after her. It then appears the way they've been swimming toward the woman is actually a trance manifested by the wine they drank as they are back in the dry parts of the harbor. But because they are still in the trance, they are lying on their fronts and moving their arms and legs as if they are swimming. They then "swim" out of the harbor, which the harbor operators find comical.

Back in the city, the stick-wielding monster still has the liquid he took from Judge Rummy. He reads the liquid's description on a paper, which he also stole, before drinking the liquid. The monster suddenly develops hallucinations in seeing animals coming at him. When Judge Rummy and Silk Hat Harry "swim" around, the monster is further frightened and therefore jumps into a fountain. The two dogs approach the fountain and embrace the statue in the midst, believing it is the attractive woman they've been pursuing. Momentarily, the monster rises from the waters of the fountain, criticizes their "cough medicine", and strikes the dogs in their heads with his stick. At this, Judge Rummy and Silk Hat Harry finally wake up from their trance, and flee.


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