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|Of Feline Bondage|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
Maurice Noble (co-director)
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
|Story by||Chuck Jones|
William Hanna (uncredited)
|Music by||Eugene Poddany|
|Animation by||Ben Washam|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gribbroek|
In some ways, the cartoon revisits elements of the 1947 short The Invisible Mouse and the 1950 short Cue Ball Cat, both of which were directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The title of the cartoon alludes to the novel Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham, and the better-known 1964 film of the same name. This is also the only Tom and Jerry cartoon written by Don Towsley.
Jerry runs in a pool hall and into a can that Tom is holding. Tom starts shaking the can, then tips poor Jerry out against the wall, turning the mouse into a cube. Jerry turns back to normal quickly and then runs along near one of the tables, inadvertently running up a pool cue placed by Tom, and then onto a cue ball on one of the tables. Tom shoots and breaks the cue ball into the rack until Jerry gets bopped on the head by the cue ball. Then the 8-ball lands right next to Jerry, following him around the table and into his hole, where it squashes Jerry flat. Jerry shrugs in misery until his fairy godmother appears before him and heals him of his injury.
Jerry acts out the situation in front of her; watching that, the godmother gives Jerry a bottle of potion, explaining its effects to him in inaudible whispers. They exchange evil grins, and as Jerry thanks her as she disappears, he then pokes his head out of his hole, where he sees cheese attached to a fishing rod held by Tom. Jerry drinks the potion, which renders him invisible, and leaves his hole unseen. He slowly unties the line and takes the cheese while Tom looks on in wonder, dropping the rod. As the cat lies down with his face near the mouse hole, Jerry grabs the fishing line at the end of the rod and, lassoing Tom's nose, loops the line around his neck, pulling his nose up. Tom looks in astonishment before the mouse ties Tom's tail in a knot, flees unseen, and then comes around the corner carrying a pair of scissors. Seeing the blades snipping in his direction, Tom screams, escapes the fishing line and rockets up to the attic, while the scissors barely cut off his tail hairs.
Tom hides behind a trunk in the attic. Hearing a sound, he then pokes his head out and has enough time to look in horror before the scissors cut off half of his whiskers cut off. Jerry then scissors Tom's scalp bald. Tom rockets down the stairs and hides in a vase, with only his tail sticking out. Clipping sounds are heard, and Tom brings his tail down to see that the end has been cut into a fir tree-like pattern. The invisible mouse then dives into the vase with the scissors, and the vase bounces around the floor cracking rapidly while hairs shoot out. The vase comes to a stop and then breaks to reveal Tom's appearance: his remaining whiskers have been cut short, his arms and legs have been shaved, and his chest and pelvis have been shaved to resemble gray shorts and a white tank top. The cat looks on sourly, adjusting his left "shoulder strap".
Invisible Jerry laughs at his handiwork, holding the scissors, but then the potion then wears off, rendering him visible again. Tom slowly grins wickedly before he holds out a mirror at Jerry. Jerry notices and slows laughing as he realizes. Tom then grabs Jerry and the scissors and cuts off most of Jerry's fur, leaving him looking like he's got pigtails and wearing a bikini. As Tom laughs at his handiwork, Jerry quickly joins him upon seeing his reflection. After a few seconds of mutual laughter, Jerry poses seductively, fluttering his eyelashes. This is too much for Tom, who bursts out laughing. Both he and Jerry roll on the floor laughing. They briefly stop and look at each other, and continue to roll on the floor laughing as the cartoon closes.