The Hardship of Miles Standish (1940)

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In this version of "The Courtship of Miles Standish", Elmer Fudd is messenger John Alden, sent to give Miles' love letter to Priscilla. While delivering the message, however, her house is ... See full summary »


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Friz Freleng


Jack Miller (story)

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18 March 2010 | lee_eisenberg
| Traffic owes Warner Bros. royalties
Yes, "The Hardship of Miles Standish" contains racial stereotypes. As long as we understand that, we can laugh at the cartoon. Friz Freleng's cartoon is a fracturing of the Miles Standish story, with Elmer Fudd playing John Alden, who delivers the telegram (yes, a telegram) to Priscilla - an Edna Mae Oliver lookalike - and sings her a Bing Crosby song.

I noticed in Miles's phone book right before John Alden, there's John Barleycorn. That name is most recognizable from the song "John Barleycorn Must Die" by Traffic. I don't know whether or not there was a famous person with the name. Whatever the case, it's a pretty funny cartoon, as long as we understand the racist images.

You didn't even touch me. Bwa-hah-hah-hah!


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27 April 1940



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