Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004
During the Depression, movie theaters, in a desperate effort to attract paying audiences, tried a number of marketing schemes. These included everything from giving away dishes to raffle-type promotions such as Bank Night, in which the holder of the winning ticket would win a cash prize. Of course, one had to be there to collect the prize, which was why the wild cat in Avery’s A Day at the Zoo (1939) was so mad.
One of the banks robbed by Killer Diller in Thugs With Dirty Mugs (Avery, 1939) is labeled Bank Night.