Strangled Eggs

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Strangled Eggs is a "Merrie Melodies" cartoon animated short starring Foghorn Leghorn, Miss Prissy and Henery Hawk. Released March 18, 1961, the cartoon is directed by Robert McKimson. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc.


Foghorn Leghorn finds his cupboards are bare and, with courting a woman as his only hope to get food for the winter, visits Miss Prissy. While trying to court her, there is a knock on the door. It is a baby basket containing Henery Hawk, posing as an orphan chick in his latest attempt to infiltrate the barnyard and obtain a chicken to eat. Foggy immediately realizes Henery will bring trouble and wants to eat him, but Miss Prissy decides she wants to adopt the pseudo-chick as her "son." To make peace with Miss Prissy, he consents to help Henery become a "real" chicken.

Several gags then occur as Foggy tries to teach Henery how to be a chicken (actually, thinly disguised attempts to kill off his foe), but such attempts as a hand grenade painted to look like an egg, and pecking for insects in a minefield are unsuccessful.

In the end, Foggy realizes that if Henery is a chicken, then he must be a chicken hawk - so he flies after Henery with the intent of catching him. Henery flees to the safety of Miss Prissy, who slams the door on Foggy once and for all! "My pappy used to say, 'Shoemaker, stick to your last. And this is my last!" a clobbered Foggy says just before the iris out.


  • On CBS, the part where Foghorn disguises a hand grenade as an egg, which explodes in Foghorn's hand instead of beneath Henery is cut.
  • On the syndicated Merrie Melodies Show, the part where Foghorn teaches Henery how to crow, only to get a noose wrapped around his neck and dropped into a cauldron was cut.
  • The former WB network kept in the scene that "The Merrie Melodies Show" removed, but cut the brief shot of Foghorn Leghorn getting strangled and dangling from a noose.


Preceded by
The Dixie Fryer
Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
Succeeded by
The Slick Chick


  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.

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Foghorn Leghorn Cartoons
1946 Walky Talky Hawky
1947 Crowing Pains
1948 The Foghorn Leghorn
1949 Henhouse Henery
1950 The Leghorn Blows at MidnightA Fractured Leghorn
1951 Leghorn SwoggledLovelorn Leghorn
1952 Sock-a-Doodle-DoThe Egg-Cited Rooster
1953 Plop Goes the WeaselOf Rice and Hen
1954 Little Boy Boo
1955 Feather DustedAll Fowled Up
1956 Weasel StopThe High and the FlightyRaw! Raw! Rooster!
1957 Fox Terror
1958 Feather BlusterWeasel While You Work
1959 A Broken Leghorn
1960 Crockett-Doodle-DoThe Dixie Fryer
1961 Strangled Eggs
1962 The Slick ChickMother was a Rooster
1963 Banty Raids
1964 False Hare
1996 Superior Duck
1997 Pullet Surprise

Henery Hawk Cartoons
1942 The Squawkin' Hawk
1943 Flop Goes the Weasel
1946 Walky Talky Hawky
1947 Crowing Pains
1948 You Were Never DuckierThe Foghorn Leghorn
1949 Henhouse Henery
1950 The Scarlet PumpernickelThe Leghorn Blows at Midnight
1951 Leghorn Swoggled
1952 The Egg-Cited Rooster
1955 All Fowled Up
1961 Strangled Eggs