The Impatient Patient is a 1942 Looney Tunes short directed by Norman McCabe.

Plot

While traipsing through a swamp, Daffy Duck seeks to deliver a telegram to "Chloe." He finds the home of "Dr. Jerkyl", and hopes that the physician can cure his hiccups. Daffy's hiccups are so severe that they cause him to damage or destroy everything around him.

Dr. Jerkyl captures Daffy and restrains him to a doctor's chair. Hoping to scare Daffy in order to cure his hiccups, Dr. Jerkyl drinks a potion that turns him into an ogre. Terrified, Daffy asks him who he is, and he responds: "I'm Chloe." Daffy then reads him the telegram, which is a cheerful Happy Birthday To You|Happy Birthday message from apparently Frankenstein.

Chloe chases Daffy around the laboratory until the radio is accidentally switched on, prompting him to dance. Once the music ends, the chase resumes. Daffy scrambles to the lab table and mixes a potion, which turns Chloe into an infant. Off camera, Daffy hits the infant with a hammer, but only from self-defense and perhaps to teach him a lesson since the infant Chloe intended to hit him with a hammer, "He don't know me very well, do he?"

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Notes

  • This was the final cartoon to use the "Porky on the Fence" opening.
  • This was also the final cartoon to use the 1939-42 Porky in a drum outro.
  • The initial soft chanting of the name Chloe, and the opening swampland setting, are a reference to the 1927 song "Chloe (Song of the Swamp)", written by Gus Kahn and Neil Moret, and performed by artists like Eva Taylor, Bessie Brown, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Spike Jones.
  • Dr. Jerkyl and his alterego Chloe are a reference to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a story by Robert Louis Stevenson about a man with a severe split personality.
  • Chloe's birthday message comes from a Frank N. Stein, a reference to Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, a novel by Mary Shelley.
  • The scene where Dr. Jerkyl mixes the potion would later be reused in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" (1947), a Tom and Jerry cartoon from MGM.
  • The computer-colorized version, and certain prints of the black-and-white version, have the wrong opening music playing over the opening logos, i.e. the 1939-41 arrangement of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", instead of the correct 1941-45 arrangement of the theme music.

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1930s
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1940s
Porky's Last StandYou Ought to Be in PicturesA Coy DecoyThe Henpecked DuckConrad the SailorDaffy's Southern ExposureThe Impatient PatientThe Daffy DuckarooMy Favorite DuckTo Duck or Not to DuckThe Wise Quacking DuckYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatScrap Happy DaffyA Corny ConcertoDaffy - The CommandoTom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyPlane DaffyThe Stupid CupidDraftee DaffyAin't That DuckyNasty QuacksBook RevueBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesHollywood DaffyThe Great Piggy Bank RobberyThe Birth of a NotionAlong Came DaffyA Pest in the HouseMexican JoyrideWhat Makes Daffy DuckDaffy Duck Slept HereThe Up-Standing SitterYou Were Never DuckierDaffy DillyThe Stupor SalesmanRiff Raffy DaffyWise QuackersHoliday for DrumsticksDaffy Duck Hunt
1950s
Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelHis Bitter HalfGolden YeggsThe DuckstersRabbit FireDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize PestThumb FunCracked QuackRabbit SeasoningThe Super SnooperFool CoverageDuck AmuckMuscle TussleDuck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 CenturyDuck, Rabbit, Duck!Quack ShotDesign for LeavingMy Little DuckarooBeanstalk BunnyStork NakedSahara HareThis is a Life?Dime to RetireThe High and the FlightyRocket SquadStupor DuckA Star is BoredDeduce, You SayAli Baba BunnyBoston QuackieDucking the DevilShow Biz BugsDon't Axe MeRobin Hood DaffyChina JonesApes of WrathPeople Are Bunny
1960s
Person to BunnyThe Abominable Snow RabbitDaffy's Inn TroubleQuackodile TearsGood NooseFast Buck DuckThe Million HareAqua DuckThe Iceman DuckethIt's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffySuppressed DuckCorn on the CopTease for TwoChili Corn CornyGo Go AmigoThe AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of CatnipDaffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta FiascoSkyscraper CaperSee You Later, Gladiator
1970s-present
Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie GhouliesCarnival of the AnimalsDaffy Duck's Easter SpecialDaffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving SpecialDuck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 1/2th CenturyThe DuxorcistNight of the Living Duck(Blooper) BunnyInvasion of the Bunny SnatchersCarrotblancaSuperior DuckDuck Dodgers in Attack of the DronesDaffy Duck for PresidentDaffy's Rhapsody
See Also
The Bugs Bunny ShowThe Porky Pig ShowThe Merrie Melodies ShowThe Daffy Duck Show (1978)Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic IslandTiny Toon AdventuresMerrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & FriendsDaffy Duck and the Great Paint CaperDaffy Duck: The Marvin MissionsBugs N' DaffyThe Daffy Duck Show (1996)Space JamDaffy Duck: Fowl PlayDuck Dodgers: Starring Daffy DuckBaby Looney TunesDuck Dodgers (TV series)Looney Tunes: Back in ActionBah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasThe Looney Tunes ShowLooney Tunes: Rabbits RunNew Looney Tunes
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