Plane Dumb

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Plane Dumb
Directed byJohn Foster
George Rufle
StarringAubrey Lyles
F.E. Miller
Van Beuren Studios
Distributed byRKO-Pathé Distributing Corp.
Alpha Video Distributors
Release date
  • 25 June 1932 (1932-06-25)(United States)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plane Dumb is the 12th Van Beuren Tom and Jerry cartoon, released June 4, 1932. The cartoon's soundtrack is done by Gene Rodemich.


Tom and Jerry are flying a small airplane and find themselves off the coast of Africa. In an ill-advised effort to fit in among the natives, the two decide to don blackface and talk in a stereotypical African-American dialect. While doing this, the plane goes off balance and crashes into the ocean. After encounters with sharks, an overly-friendly octopus, and a whale, Tom and Jerry make it to the mainland. They are confronted by beasts of the African jungle, from which they take refuge in a cave, where they meet some skeletal Africans that were retooled from the first Tom and Jerry short, "Wot a Night." Once Tom and Jerry come out of the cave, African tribesmen (also stereotypically portrayed as spear-chuckers with bones in their hair) appear from behind almost every rock and crevice, outraged at the sight of the two in blackface, and begin an angry pursuit. The cartoon ends with Tom and Jerry wiping the blackface off their face, still running away from the Africans.

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