DESCRIPTION: The German Dunderbeck invents a steam-powered machine to turn any sort of meat into sausages. Thus vanish all the rats and cats of the town. When Dunderbeck's machine breaks down, he tries to fix it; his wife accidentally starts it with him inside.
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: technology disaster animal humorous food
FOUND IN: US(MW,So)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Randolph 488, "Donderbeck's Machine" (2 texts)
Stout 107, pp. 135-136, "Dunderbeck" (1 text)
Spaeth-ReadWeep, p. 80, "Dunderbeck" (1 text, tune referenced)
Silber-FSWB, p. 239, "Dunderbeck" (1 text)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 139-140, "The Sausage Meat Machine" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 515-516, "Son of a Gun -- (Son of a Gambolier; Dunderbeck; and Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech)"
cf. "The Son of a Gambolier" (tune & meter) and references there
cf. "O Where O Where Has My Little Dog Gone" (theme)
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