The Alley Cat

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The Alley Cat
Production company: MGM Cartoons
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: July 5, 1941
Run time: 9:32
Starring: Harry E. Lang
William Hanna
Sara Berner
Producer(s): Fred Quimby
Music composed by: Scott Bradley

Director(s): Hugh Harman
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The Alley Cat is an animated theatrical short. It was released on July 5, 1941 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby, and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

An alley cat tries to woo a prissy penthouse cat.

The two characters (named Tom and the "Lady Cat") were integrated into MGM's Tom and Jerry series (which had just debuted a year earlier), beginning in 1943 (Tom rechristened Butch for Baby Puss) and 1946 (the "Lady Cat" christened as Toodles Galore for Springtime for Thomas), respectively.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Butler Unavailable
Toodles Galore Sara Berner
Butch Harry E. Long
William Hanna
Toodles Galore Harry E. Long
Rover Billy Beltcher


  • Toodles's penthouse


  • None


  • None




The music is composed by Scott Bradley.

Behind the scenes

  • Butch's speech sounds a lot more screechy than what he and Tom and other cats sound like when they talk in Tom and Jerry. This was likely due to make the cat sound more realistic, but in doing so, Butch sounds a lot like Quacker and Yakky Duck.


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