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.

Cross references


  1. Randolph 488, "Donderbeck's Machine" (2 texts)
  2. Spaeth-ReadWeep, p. 80, "Dunderbeck" (1 text, tune referenced)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 239, "Dunderbeck" (1 text)
  4. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 139-140, "The Sausage Meat Machine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Fuld-WFM, pp. 515-516, "Son of a Gun -- (Son of a Gambolier; Dunderbeck; and Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech)"
  6. DT, DUNDER*
  7. Roud #4461
  8. BI, R488


Alternate titles: “Johnny Rebeck”; “Johnny Rebec”; “Johnny Robeck”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)