Kitty Foiled (1948)

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As the house canary looks on in horror from his cage, house cat Tom chases and captures house mouse Jerry. But just as Tom is about to do dirt to Jerry, the bird comes to the mouse's rescue. Now Tom is determined to gobble up both mouse AND canary, so Jerry must return the compliment by saving the bird's life. One might think that Tom would give up at this point, but he's one stubborn cat. The ensuing sight gags range from the standard "hammer to the teeth" to a "Perils of Pauline" climax as Tom binds Jerry to the tracks of a model train set. Complementing the merry mayhem is Scott Bradley's zippy musical score, incorporating passages from Rossini's "Barber of Seville" overture. (PC alert: the "papoose" gag is missing from most reissue prints).