Mouse Trouble

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Mouse Trouble
Mouse Trouble reissue poster.png
1951 theatrical reissue poster.
Production company: MGM Cartoons
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: November 23, 1944
Run time: 7:28
Starring: William Hanna
Sara Berner
Producer(s): Fred Quimby
Music composed by: Scott Bradley
Screenplay by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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Mouse Trouble is the seventeenth animated theatrical short of the Tom and Jerry series. It was released on November 23, 1944 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby, and written and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Tom follows a help book in catching Jerry.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Mailman N/A
Tom Cat William Hanna
Harry E. Lang
Jerry Mouse William Hanna




  • None




The music was composed by Scott Bradley.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: November 23, 1944; December 15, 1951 (rerelease)

Behind the scenes

  • How to Catch a Mouse is "A Random Mouse Book", which is a parody of Random House books.
  • Tom dying at the end is the first time a main character dies on-screen.


Everlasting influence

  • Tom reads about this short in Jerry's diary (with accompanying flashbacks) in the aptly named short Jerry's Diary. He marked it May 12, Thursday.
  • In the live-action film Tom & Jerry, Jerry redoes the gag where he tricks Tom into thinking he's hiding something in his hands so he can punch Tom in the eye.

Critical reception


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient Result
Academy Award March 15, 1945 Best Short Subject: Cartoons Fred Quimby Won[1]

Home availability


  1. ^ "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". Oscars. Retrieved November 23, 2020.