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Garbo, Greta

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004

(1905-1990)

    Mysterious and alluring Swedish actress well remembered her roles in many classic films, including Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, and Queen Christina. Garbo was a regular figure of fun, with her heavy accent and allegedly large feet, which were expanded by the WB animators into veritable barges.

    A listing of Garbo caricatures and references in Warner-released cartoons would have to include the following:

  • Speaking of the Weather (Tashlin, 1937), in which she appears rocking on her feet as if in a rocking chair.
  • Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941), in which she appears as a Swedish match girl, lighting a cigarette for Cary Grant
  • Porky’s Five and Ten (Clampett, 1938), as a fish
  • A Star is Hatched (Freleng, 1937), in which Emily speaks Garbo’s famous line from Grand Hotel: “I want to be alone”,
  • Have You Got Any Castles? (Tashlin, 1938) on the cover of -- what else? -- “So Big”
  • Bosko in Person (Harman-Ising, 1933)
  • The Daffy Duckeroo (McCabe, 1942) in the headline: “I Want to Be A Lone... Ranger”

    Daffy also dangles the prospect of Porky starring opposite Garbo at the end of You Ought to Be in Pictures (Freleng, 1940), getting a tomato in the face for his pains.

 

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