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Animal Crackers - Introducing Signor Emanuel Ravelli!

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Mrs. Rittenhouse looks on in dismay as Captain Spalding tries to intervene in a musical program that has turned into a brawl between Ravelli and The Professor.

The setup: Captain Spaulding has just returned from the wilds of Africa to appear as a special guest at Mrs. Rittenhouse' Long Island party. As we enter the scene, the entertainment has turned up...

Hives: Signor Emanuel Ravelli!


Ravelli: How do you do?

Mrs. Rittenhouse: How do you do?

Ravelli: Where's the dining room?

Spaulding: Say, I used to know a fellow, looked exactly like you, by the name of...ah...Emanuel Ravelli. Are you his brother?

Ravelli: I'm Emanuel Ravelli.

Spaulding: You're Emanuel Ravelli?

Ravelli: I'm Emanuel Ravelli.

Spaulding: Well, no wonder you look like him...But I still insist, there is a resemblance.

Ravelli: Ha, ha, ha, ha...hey, he thinks I look alike.

Spaulding: Well, if you do it's a tough break for both of you.

Mrs. Rittenhouse: You are one of the musicians? But you were not due until tomorrow.

Ravelli: Couldn't come tomorrow, that's too quick.

Spaulding: Say, you're lucky they didn't come yesterday!

Ravelli: We were busy yesterday, but we charge just the same.

Spaulding: This is better than exploring! What do you fellows get an hour?

Ravelli: Oh, for playing we getta ten dollars an hour.

Spaulding: I see...What do you get for not playing?

Ravelli: Twelve dollars an hour.

Spaulding: Well, clip me off a piece of that.

Ravelli: Now, for rehearsing we make special rate. Thatsa fifteen dollars an hour.

Spaulding: That's for rehearsing?

Ravelli: Thatsa for rehearsing.

Spaulding: And what do you get for not rehearsing?

Ravelli: You couldn't afford see, if we don't rehearse, we don't play...And, if we don't play...That runs into money.

Spaulding: How much would you want to run into an open manhole?

Ravelli: Just the cover charge. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...

Spaulding: Well, drop in some time.

Ravelli: Sewer!

Spaulding: Well, we cleaned that up pretty well.

Ravelli: Well, let's see how we stand...

Spaulding: Flatfooted.

Ravelli: Yesterday, we didn't come. You remember, yesterday we didn't come?

Spaulding: Oh, I remember...

Ravelli: Yeah, that's three-hundred dollars.

Spaulding: Yesterday you didn't come, that's three-hundred dollars?

Ravelli: That's three-hundred dollars.

Spaulding: Well, that's reasonable. I can see that alright.

Ravelli:, we did come. That's uh...

Spaulding: That's a hundred you owe us.

Ravelli: Say, I bet I'm gonna lose on the deal...Tomorrow, we leave. That's worth about...

Spaulding: A million dollars!

Ravelli: Yeah, that's alright for me, but I gotta partner!

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