197. Tee for Two – William Hanna, Joseph Barbera

LONESOME MOUSE

SUMMARY: When Jerry sabotages Tom’s relaxing game of golf he is quickly made to act as a tee. But of course it isn’t long before the mouse turns the tables.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Tee for Two’ was the second in a great sub-category of Tom and Jerry cartoons in which the pair are placed in a sporting setting. In this case it’s the golf course, allowing for plenty of golf-themed gags. The sporting cartoons (which began with the ante-upping classic ‘The Bowling Alley Cat’) always used their theme to maximum effect and in the following five years the duo would take on fishing, tennis and snooker. ‘Tee for Two’ is perhaps most notable, however, for being the first cartoon to use the trademark Tom scream, performed by William Hanna himself and used frequently throughout the series from hereon in. It remains one of the single funniest cartoon sound effects of the golden age.

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