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Old 12-17-2009, 10:09 AM
Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Earl Snake-Hips Tucker is online now
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Origin of chirping cricket to indicate silence

If memory serves me correct, the first time I recall it was in a Pink Panther cartoon @1970. The Pink Panther is conducting an orchestra, possibly at the Hollywood Bowl, and after he finishes the concert, he sees that there's only one (enthusiastically applauding!) person left in the audience. Before we see the sole attendee, I think there's the sound of crickets chirping.

Anyone with any earlier cite?

(This is actually a GQ, but I suspect it would end up over here, anyway.)

Oh, and the one person left watching the concert: Henry Mancini!
Old 12-17-2009, 11:00 AM
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Bugs Bunny, prob the 40s. Same concept. One of the orchestra/opera cartoons.


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