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The Vanishing Private is a theatrical cartoon directed by Jack King[1][2]. Carl Barks wrote the story, while the music was composed by Oliver Wallace.[1]The film features Donald Duck, Peg-Leg Pete, and introduces a new character referred to as the General. It is the second in a series of shorts to follow Donald on his adventures in the United States Armed Forces.


Donald, still in the United States Armed Forces[3], has been assigned the duty of camouflaging cannons. Pete informs him that his idea of camouflage (red, green, and yellow stripes with black dots) doesn't cut it, and that the weapon must be painted "so you can't see it!"

Taking Pete's words to heart, Donald wanders into the Camouflage Corps' Experimental Laboratory, where he finds and uses a sample of invisible paint. Pete yet again reacts in anger to his work, leading to a chase through the military base as he tries to find the duck, who has now become invisible himself. Things escalate when Pete, thanks to Donald's antics, crashes into a military arsenal and emerges with grenades in hand, much to the General's concern.


  • The title of the short hints that Donald's military rank is that of Private.


Behind the Scenes

The Vanishing Private was released on September 25, 1942.[1][2] It was directed by Jack King [2], with the story having been written by Carl Barks, and the music by Oliver Wallace.[1] It starred Clarence Nash as Donald Duck[1][2], Billy Bletcher as Peg-Leg Pete[1][2], and John McLeish as the General[2].

Notes and References

List of episodes of Donald Duck
Don DonaldModern InventionsDonald's OstrichSelf-ControlDonald's Better SelfDonald's NephewsGood ScoutsDonald's Golf GameDonald's Lucky DayThe Hockey ChampDonald's Cousin GusSea ScoutsDonald's PenguinThe Autograph HoundOfficer Duck
The Riveter • Mr Duck Steps OutDonald's VacationThe Volunteer Worker • Fire ChiefTimberGolden EggsA Good Time for a Dime • Early to Bed • Truant Officer DonaldOld Mac Donald DuckDonald's Camera • Chef Donald • Donald's Decision • The Village SmithyThe New SpiritDonald's Snow FightDonald Gets DraftedDonald's GardenDonald's Gold MineThe Vanishing PrivateSky TrooperBellboy DonaldDer Fuehrer's FaceThe Spirit of '43Donald's Tire TroubleThe Flying JalopyFall Out Fall InThe Old Army GameHome DefenseTrombone TroubleDonald Duck and the GorillaContrary CondorCommando DuckThe Plastics Inventor • Donald's Off DayThe Clock WatcherDonald's CrimeDuck PimplesCured DuckOld SequoiaDonald's Double TroubleWet PaintDumb Bell of the Yukon • Lighthouse KeepingStraight ShootersSleepy Time DonaldClown of the JungleDonald's DilemmaBootle BeetleWide Open SpacesChip an' DaleDrip Drippy DonaldDaddy DuckDonald's Dream Voice • The Trial of Donald DuckInferior DecoratorSoup's On • Three for BreakfastTea for Two HundredDonald's Happy BirthdaySea SaltsWinter Storage • Honey Harvester • All in a NutshellThe Greener YardSlide, Donald, SlideToy Tinkers
Lion AroundCrazy Over DaisyTrailer HornHook, Lion and SinkerBee at the BeachOut on a LimbDude DuckCorn ChipsTest Pilot DonaldLucky NumberOut of ScaleBee On GuardDonald's ApplecoreLet's Stick TogehterUncle Donald's AntsTrick or TreatDon's Fountain of YouthThe New NeighborRugged BearWorking for PeanutsCanvas Back DuckSpare the RodDonald's DiaryDragon Around • Grin & Bear ItThe Flying SquirrelGrand CanyonscopeNo HuntingBearly AsleepBeezy BearUp a TreeChips AhoyHow to Have an Accident in the HomeDonald in Mathmagic LandHow to Have an Accident at Work
Donald and the WheelThe LitterbugDonald's Fire Survival PlanFamily Planning
Mickey Mouse Works
Donald's Failed FourthDonald's Shell ShotsDonald's Rocket RuckusDonald's Valentine DollarDonald On IceDonald's Dinner DateDonald and the Big NutDonald's Grizzly GuestSurvival of the Woodchuckscomputer.donDonald's Halloween ScareDonald's LighthouseDomesticated DonaldWhitewater DonaldDonald's Fish FryBird Brained DonaldDonald's PoolDonald's Charmed DateGolf Nut DonaldMusic Store DonaldDonald's Goofy WorldDouble Date Donald