I recently had the chance to see some later Woody Woodpecker cartoons and was a bit surprised. I still believe that the early, 1940s' cartoons are the best. I have to admit, the ones I saw from the 1950s and 60s were not bad.
For instance, Little Red Riding Hoodlum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Riding_Hoodlum), Gabby's Diner (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150675/) and Under the Counter Spy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_the_Counter_Spy) stand out to me.
If you have Woody cartoons from the mid-1950s to the 70s that stand out, post your comments!