is a 1949
one-reel animated cartoon
and is the 42nd Tom and Jerry
short, created in 1948
, and released on 9 July 1949. It was directed by William Hanna
and Joseph Barbera
, and produced by Fred Quimby
. The cartoon's music was composed by Scott Bradley
and the animation was credited to Ray Patterson
, Irven Spence
, Kenneth Muse
and Ed Barge
A typically violent chase begins between Tom and Jerry. Tom loosens the carpet and pulls it down, along with it a large upright piano. With no time to react, Tom is squished to death by the piano. Tom's spirit rises and climbs the golden escalator of Heaven to the golden gates of the "Heavenly Express", a train that sends dead cats to heaven. At the gatekeeper's desk, cats are waiting. The first one, Butch, had lost a fight with a bulldog (possibly Spike
), Frankie, struck with flat iron while singing on a backyard fence, Alosius, ran over by a steamroller and Fluff, Muff and Puff, thrown into a river and drowned ("What some people won't do...
"). Unfortunately for Tom, the gatekeeper refuses to let him enter because he has persecuted Jerry all his life. But since the Heavenly Express doesn't leave for an hour, he is given a certificate of forgiveness for Jerry to sign. He will be allowed through if Jerry signs it, but if he doesn't, Tom will be banished to Hell, where Spike, personified as the devil, awaits.
Tom comes back to life and pleads with Jerry to sign. First he brings cake, but Jerry eats the... Read More