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The Major / Major Bowes

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Major Edward Bowes was the impresario of the famous Capitol Theater in New York, and was well known in the 1930s for the amateur talent shows held there. These were broadcast on CBS. Opera star Beverly Sills was once featured on his program as a child prodigy. Some of those who participated in his shows went around the country performing, like the Major Bowes Unit #73 that is looking for Cleveland, but ends up signing on the moon in Believe It Or Else (Avery, 1939).

    Daffy, after discovering his hidden talent in making eggs disappear in The Henpecked Duck (Clampett, 1941), wishes that The Major were there to see him do it.

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