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Duck Pimples
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Film information
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Produced by: Walt Disney
Written by: Virgil Partch
Dick Shaw
Starring: Clarence Nash
Billy Bletcher
Jack Mather
Mary Lenahan
Harry E. Lang
Music by: Oliver Wallace
Studio: Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures
Release Date(s): August 10, 1945
Running time: 7:44
Language: English
Preceded by: Donald's Crime
Followed by: No Sail (Donald & Goofy)
Cured Duck (Donald Duck)

Duck Pimples is a Donald Duck animated short released on August 10, 1945.


Donald's over-active imagination is inspired by scary stories on the radio and in books. He has an unpleasant stormy evening when a mysterious book salesman comes to his door then disappears leaving him with a collection of whodunnit novels. He reads one and gets so fully involved in it that it appears that the characters are actually coming out of it and into his living room getting him involved in the missing pearls. Finally its author, J. Harold King, steps forth and claims him innocent. The characters return to the novel from whence they came leaving him wondering if it was really just his "imagination". In the end, he had the shining pearls which they had appeared.




  • Walt Disney Presents, episode #6.26: "The Mad Hermit of Chimney Butte"
  • The Mickey Mouse Club, February 15, 1957
  • Walt Disney's Mickey and Donald, episode #40
  • Good Morning, Mickey, episode #54
  • Donald's Quack Attack, episode #5
  • The Ink and Paint Club, episode #1.45: "More Donald"

Home video[]


  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Scary Tales
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Donald's Scary Tales


  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Scary Tales
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Donald's Scary Tales/Halloween Haunts


  • Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume 2


  • This cartoon's title is taken from the phrase "Goose Pimples", another word for "Goose Bumps", which often rise as a sign of fear. This is shown in the cartoon's title card where the word "Goose" has been crossed out and replaced with "Duck".
  • The cop's real name is H.U. Hennessy, named after Disney artist Hugh Hennesy. J. Harold King is likely named after director Jack King, and Leslie J. Clark is based on one of animator and one the legendary "nine old men", Les Clark.
  • This cartoon was written by future famous gag cartoonist Virgil Partch, who left the Disney studios due to the 1941 animators' strike. This was his only screen credit.
  • The cartoon is Disney's version of the Tex Avery-directed MGM cartoon Who Killed Who? (1943), complete with suspenseful organ music and the detective in both cartoons being voiced by Billy Bletcher.

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