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August 31, 1951 – The Goofy Short Film Get Rich Quick is Released to Theaters

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“Eh, put up or shut up!”

On August 31, 1951, the Goofy short film Get Rich Quick was released to theaters. This short was released as part of Goofy’s “everyman” series. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney.

The short begins with the introduction of George Geef, who never passes up a chance to gamble away his money, whether on a football pool, chain letter, pyramid club, and more. He was considered a soft touch and a pushover when it came to betting, but never seemed to win. He never gets too discouraged, as he feels his victory is just around the corner. He plays a dice game in a back alley, and wins a barrel full of cash, which he soon invests at the race track, losing everything. He then heads to a poker game in a smoky room, where all players are wearing their poker faces. The game gets too tense for Geef, but he ends up winning a huge jackpot. He cashes out and soon heads home, where he has another gamble: waking his wife after arriving home in the early hours of the morning. His wife starts lecturing him for coming home so late, but when she sees the pile of money he’s won, she quickly forgives him before taking every penny away from him. He ends with a simple saying: “Easy come, easy go.”

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