Old Rockin' Chair Tom

Old Rockin' Chair Tom
Tom and Jerry series

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Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Lillian Randolph
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ed Barge
Ray Patterson
Irven Spence
Kenneth Muse
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • September 18, 1948 (1948-09-18)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:18
Language English
Preceded by The Truce Hurts
Followed by Professor Tom

Old Rockin' Chair Tom is a 1948 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 36th Tom and Jerry short created in 1947 and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It was animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson and Irven Spence and was released to theaters on September 18, 1948. This cartoon has the longest Mammy Two Shoes on screen appearance.


Mammy Two Shoes is standing on a chair, which Jerry is shaking. She calls for Tom, who chases Jerry away from Mammy, but Jerry trips him. Jerry goes back to Mammy and rocks the stool up and down until Tom chases him again. Jerry opens a door and the ironing board, followed by the iron, fall on Tom's head. Tom catches Jerry trying to cut down the stool, and Jerry gives him the axe. Mammy urges Tom to hit Jerry, but misses and eventually he chops down the stool. Tom supports Mammy on his head, until he loses his balance. Jerry opens the door of the basement stairway. Tom goes through the doorway, with Mammy still on him, and crashes down into the basement.

Mammy retires Tom and calls in Lightning, a ginger orange cat who kicks Jerry out of the house and into the dumpster. Lightning kisses Mammy's hand and she praises his etiquette and efficiency. Jerry tries to sneak back into the house, but Lightning kicks him out again. Lightning twists Tom around, and dresses him up with a fake beard and a walking stick, leaving Lightning in charge. The cat shows his true nature by raiding the fridge, until he drops a bottle of milk, which wakes up Mammy. Lightning frames Tom by dumping the fridge contents at Tom's feet, stuffing leftovers into his hands and cramming Tom inside a watermelon. When Mammy enters, Lightning nods Tom's head when she asks if he had been in the fridge. Lightning kicks Tom into the dumpster, where he sees Jerry and they plot to remove Lightning from the house.

Tom and Jerry, armed with a magnet and iron, sneak into the house, and place the iron by a sleeping Lightning's mouth, and the magnet behind his rear. This causes Lightning to swallow the iron, waking him up. As Lightning chases after Jerry, Tom uses the magnet to attract the iron, and therefore pull Lightning back into his fist. Tom then tosses the magnet to Jerry, but Jerry is too light and is dragged along with Lightning until he runs into the iron and latches onto the magnet. Lightning grabs onto a piano leg and Tom, Jerry and Lightning begin a tug-of-war. The duo wins and Lightning is sent through the piano and into a wall.

Mammy hears the chaos and enters the room, but soon Jerry starts to terrorize her again by shaking the stool she is standing on. She calls for Lightning, but Lightning is unable to come to the rescue, as Tom is controlling his movements behind the kitchen wall. Eventually, Mammy calls for Tom, who grabs Jerry and pretends to beat him up. Tom helpfully kicks Lightning out of the house, but, forgetting the iron, ends up hurting his foot.

Tom, with his scorched foot wrapped in bandages, is given a nice pie from Mammy. Tom takes most of the pie, but leaves the remainder of it for Jerry who, using the magnet, brings the dish of pie to his mousehole.

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