Following is the second half of Top Cat. That's the good news. The less-than-good-news is that about three-quarters through the film there is a song and dance number, "When You're Wearing The Right Kind of Hat", that was obviously yanked from these boards. My best guess is that it was given to the animators and composer to work from and never returned. So, I will never know for certain whether my father wrote the lyrics. And, as the credits on the Harveytoon set are all homogenized, it's hard to know who did what. At the least, they must have worked off his key board poses. I say that because I've now seen this cartoon more times in the past couple of days than I care to mention, and much of the finished product is spot on with the boards. More on this in reference to a journal entry page at the end of this post.
"Hat" song and dance would have been inserted here, between boards 67 & 85.
This is the reason that so many hats appear in board 85
-- they are at the end of the missing sequence.
Below I've scanned a page from the personal freelance ledger my dad kept during this period. At the risk of being tacky I've left his payments uncensored. As you can see, he also did the layout on Top Cat, as well as the subsequently listed "Cat 2", which would have been Cool Cat Blues. Within this latter cartoon he gets a small stipend for story development. In fact the story payments are billed much differently than the lump some for the first Cat. I imagine that since there were several more Cat cartoons they wanted some sort of recurring theme and that my dad, or someone, decided that theme should be music. Hey, what else did they expect for a measly $200? A Russian novel? Hence, Cool Cat Blues and especially after that, Bopin' Hood, retain that motif.
By the way, the first entry in the journal, "Boris", refers to Galaxia, which I know you all went and took a look at as per my instructions in the previous post. I only make that bold remark because I don't have many storyboards at all, and I know a lot of you favor them (the boards, not the snooty remarks). So until next time, as The Cat would suggest, wear the right kind of hat!