The Million Dollar Cat is a 1944 Technicolor one-reel animated cartoon and is the 14th Tom and Jerry short. It was released to theatres on May 6, 1944, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was re-released on February 24, 1951. This short is the first of a few in which Tom emerges victorious over Jerry.
While Tom is throwing darts at an apple on Jerry's head à la William Tell (he even throws one between his legs while blindfolded), a telegram arrives. Though it is meant for Mammy Two Shoes, Tom reads it himself and discovers that he thinks he has been left a million dollars in a will from his owner's eccentric aunt, making him ecstatic. Jerry also reads the letter and gets ecstatic. Jerry points out that the will has a condition which would cause Tom to forfeit his newly acquired wealth if he harms any living animal, even a mouse.
The next day, news of Tom's inheritance quickly spreads and he moves to 1 Park Avenue. He quickly becomes accustomed to his lavish lifestyle, but Jerry keeps showing up and tormenting Tom with the "Even A Mouse" line in the telegram. Jerry tries to push Tom's buttons by smacking him in the face with his own dickey, assaulting him in his limousine, stealing his sundae, and hogging all of the bed sheets with his nightcap while he tries to sleep (Tom is about to hit Jerry with a baseball bat, but changes his mind and himself out of grief).
The next morning, after Jerry steals Tom's bathroom towel, he tries to get Jerry to leave by hanging a fire exit sign on the window and starting a fire in front of the bathroom door. Jerry promptly jumps out of the window. The cat cheers before sitting down to enjoy his breakfast, but when he grabs his napkin, however, he uncovers Jerry, who eats Tom's breakfast. As a final insult, he squirts Tom in the face by squeezing a grapefruit, reminding him that as long as the "Even A Mouse" rule stands, Jerry can do whatever he wants to Tom, then he once again smacks Tom's dickey in his face.
This proves to be the last straw and Tom finally draws the line, and loses his temper; his face boils over with his rage. An extremely mad and violent Tom grabs the telegram, tears it into pieces, and even shoves the "Even A Mouse" piece into Jerry's mouth after Jerry holds it up to remind Tom in desperation, literally forcing him to eat his words. Jerry swallows it in horror at what is about to happen, as Tom leaps into the air with a loud and insane scream before attacking Jerry by slamming the crockery and breakfast tray on him. After a few seconds, Tom holds Jerry in place and says to the audience "Gee... I'm throwing away a million dollars... BUT I'M HAPPY!", and then goes back to attacking Jerry.
- Directed by: Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Story: Bill Turner, Jack Ward
- Animation: Irven Spence, Kenneth Muse, Pete Burness, Ray Patterson, Tom Golden, Nick Tafuri
- Assistant Animation: Barney Posner
- Layout: Harvey Eisenberg
- Sequence Director: I. Sparber
- Music: Scott Bradley
- Co-Producer: William Hanna
- Produced by: Fred Quimby
- Harry E. Lang as Tom Cat (uncredited)
- William Hanna as Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse's cheers (uncredited)
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