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Socko in Morocco is the 52nd animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on January 18, 1954, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.


Deep in the dessert, Woody Woodpecker is a member of the Foreign Legion. He must protect the voluptuous Princess Salami whom Sheik el Rancid, portrayed by Buzz Buzzard, wants to kidnap to add to his harem, which already consists of 750 wives. Woody falls in love with her after seeing the hourglass-figured woman Belly dance—so does Buzz Buzzard. Woody dances with her and soon after, Princess Salami falls for him and starts to kiss him on his beak. Buzz kidnaps her and takes him to his palace. Woody eventually frees the Princess. He motions to hug her but Buzz pulls him away. Next, Buzz pulls Salami's veil back so he can see her face but sees that she is really ugly. So he gives up his pursuit, telling Woody that he can have her. Woody pulls back her veil and takes off the ugly mask she had on to fool Buzz. Now getting a good look at her, he sees that she is really pretty. While in her arms, he pulls the veil down, goes underneath it and the two kiss several times. Buzz, still mistaklingly believing that Princess Salami is very ugly, says, "Some guys would kiss anybody!" Woody does his famous laugh and continues making out with the Princess.


When Woody sees Princess Salami dancing, his eyes bulge out and he bounces up and down for joy. This is very similar to how he reacted when he heard Gorgeous Gal's sexy voice on the phone in A Fine Feathered Frenzy after she invited him over to her mansion by saying, "Mmmm, I love Woodpeckers! There's only one thing on my mind, sweetie: you! Come on over, dream boy. I'll be waiting!"


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1954". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia

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