|Saturday Evening Puss|
Title card of 1957 reissue
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
Saturday Evening Puss is a 1950 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 48th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The cartoon was released on January 14, 1950, produced by Fred Quimby, scored by Scott Bradley and animated by Ed Barge, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ray Patterson. It is the only Tom and Jerry cartoon to feature Mammy's face on-screen, though only briefly.
Mammy leaves for her Saturday night bridge club. Tom then rushes to the window and signals to his three alley cat friends, Butch, Topsy, and Lightning that it's "ok for the party". They arrive for a loud session of jazz music. The noise disturbs Jerry, who is trying to go to sleep. He complains to Tom, who ignores him. Jerry tries to disrupt the party by tearing the tonearm off the phonograph, shutting Topsy in a drawer and slamming the piano lid shut on Butch's hands. The cats chase Jerry back into his mouse hole and resume their party.
Jerry soon emerges again and the cats chase him. Tom eventually catches him and ties him up with windowsill string. Nevertheless, Jerry has had enough, so he is able to reach the telephone and calls Mammy, telling her about the party. Mammy races back home (during which scene her face is briefly shown for the only time) and confronts the cats. Tom tries to run but Mammy grabs him by the tail and unleashes her wrath, throwing all four cats out the front door. At home, Mammy badmouths the cats for ruining her entire evening. To Jerry's dismay, she then decides to relax by playing the same jazz recording that the cats were playing, leaving him no better off than before.
In the re-animated 1966 version, Mammy Two Shoes was replaced with a white teenage girl, and her night out at the Lucky Seven Bridge Club was redone as a night out dancing with her boyfriend. Her voice was provided by voice actress June Foray, and the animation changes were done by MGM Animation/Visual Arts. In addition, Jerry's voice when he complains to Tom about the noise is muted out. This changed version is found on The Art Of Tom & Jerry laserdisc release and The Very Best of Tom & Jerry VHS release both by MGM/UA Home Video in the 1990s.