Cartoon Culture

Lantz piece spotted in Columbia Picture

Here’s one of the most trivial discoveries in all my years of cartoon research.

So last night I was catching up on some movies I recorded off TCM and in the middle of a 1944 Columbia Pictures B-musical, Kansas City Kitty (1944, Directed by Del Lord), star Joan Davis is standing in the office of a music publisher. On the wall behind her (see frame grab below) are several pieces of sheet music tacked to the wall. It isn’t hard to notice that one of them is Cow Cow Boogie, from the Universal Walter Lantz cartoon, with a cover by Alex Lovy.

It just goes to show, you never know where references to classic cartoons will show up…


Here’s a close up of the real deal…