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October 23, 1931 – The Silly Symphony The Spider and the Fly Premieres in Theaters

On October 23, 1931, the Silly Symphony The Spider and the Fly was released to theaters. The short was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

The short opens with a group of flies buzzing around an empty kitchen, snacking on an open jar of jam and playing with a bar of soap and a flyswatter. Two flies fly out an open window and explore a tap near the house. Watching hungrily nearby is a vicious spider, who spies the two flies near the tap and sets out to trap them by using his web as a harp, enticing the two to dance to the music.

The spider holds the female fly captive in his web while the male fly tries to distract him enough to let her escape

As the two dance closer and closer to the spider, the female fly is caught in his web. The male tries to rescue his mate, but the spider manages to catch him briefly before he escapes. Making his way back to the group, the fly sounds an alarm, and every fly nearby, including the horseflies in the nearby stable, gets ready for battle. The flies seize whatever they can from the house to throw on the spider, from pepper to pins. Finally, they use a match to set his web on fire, and place a piece of flypaper beneath him as he jumps, trapping him. They free the female fly, and everyone cheers.

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