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November 17, 1934 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Dognapper is Released to Theaters

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“Careful boys, he’s got blood in his eyes and shoots to kill!”

On November 17, 1934, the Mickey Mouse short film The Dognapper was released to theaters. It was directed by Dave Hand.

The short opens with a newspaper declaring that Minnie’s prize pooch Fifi has been stolen by Peg Leg Pete. An announcement goes out to Officers Mickey and Donald, and while Donald is scared of the description of Pete, they soon decide to pursue him when they see him racing down the road. However, their motorcycle is less than ideal, and poor Donald almost gets left behind. There’s a shootout on the road as they follow Pete. Pete destroys the bridge, but the boys are able to drive on the rails and keep up the chase. Pete headst o his hideout at the Glutz Sawmill, and while Mickey and Donald are able to find their way in, Pete has already chained up Fifi and has his machine gun at the ready. Mickey quickly finds him, but is knocked into a barrel by Donald. Donald orders him to put his hands up, but Pete pulls out a bigger gun on Donald, and sends Donald flying into the wall. Mickey, with the help of Fifi, manages to capture Pete, but Donald once again stops Mickey from capturing the villain. However, the two are finally able to thwart him using the tools available in the sawmill, until Pete starts the saw, nearly chopping the pair in two. The saw breaks and is sent flying after Pete at a wild speed, and he runs wildly around the mill, but is sent flying when the saw attaches to his foot. Donald and Mickey use a girdle to capture Pete and return home with Fifi as heroes.

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