Daffy Dilly
Title card of the original print
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Produced byEddie Selzer
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byBen Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
A. C. Gamer
(effects animation)
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byPeter Alvarado
Color processCinecolor (original)
3-hue Technicolor (re-release)
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • October 30, 1948 (1948-10-30)
Running time
About 7 and a half minutes

Daffy Dilly is a 1948 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[1] The cartoon was released on October 30, 1948, and stars Daffy Duck.[2]

"Daffy Dilly" is notable for being an early example of a greedy, self-centered Daffy (with some "screwball" elements), as perfected by Jones.

The title is a word play on daffodil.


Daffy Duck is a struggling novelty gag salesman operating on the sidewalk of a large city, futilely hawking things like flower squirters, a Joe Miller joke book, a rib-tickler, a chicken inspector badge and a 200-volt electric hand buzzer, inadvertently demonstrating the latter on himself ("It's... shocking..."). But then he hears a news bulletin on a nearby radio that buzzsaw tycoon J.B. Cubish, who has not laughed in 50 years and is on his deathbed, is offering one million dollars to anyone who can make him laugh just one more time before he dies.

Seeing his chance at a huge payday, Daffy immediately sets off for the Cubish's mansion, but his butler refuses to let him inside. Daffy tries several ways to outfox the butler (scaling the wall with a grappling hook, swinging in through the window on a rope, etc.), all of which fail, until Daffy hides himself in a package designed to look like a bottle of champagne (which the butler tries to keep for himself). Caught again, Daffy runs for his life and escapes via dumbwaiter as the butler chases him with an ax and then tries to shoot him with a cannon, which Daffy narrowly avoids.

As the butler is about to dispose of him permanently, Daffy accuses him of not wanting Cubish to regain his health. The butler is astounded, but then Daffy accuses him of attempted murder with an elaborate story he invents on the spot (eventually asiding to the audience, "What's Humphrey Bogart got that I ain't got?"). Having frightened the butler into incoherence, Daffy tricks him into fleeing the mansion in disguise to avoid arrest, which he quickly does.

Finally, Daffy makes it to Cubish's bedroom, but before he can even start, slips on a rug and falls onto a tray of food, covering himself in cake which, to Daffy's confusion, causes Cubish to start laughing. In the end, a newspaper reports that laughter has miraculously saved Cubish's life, and Cubish has kept Daffy on as his personal jester, merrily throwing pies at Daffy's face while he stands in front of a target. "It's a living," Daffy mutters to the audience, before he is hit with one last pie onscreen as the cartoon closes.

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  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 190. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 70–72. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.