Irene Bordoni sings with the Bouncing Ball; plus cartoon segments.

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Irene Bordoni sings the title song in French and English with a Bouncing Ball. Cartoon sequences: Betty Boop as a cabaret emcee and cigarette girl; a romantic tom-cat gigolo. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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9 September 1932 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the 1929 song "Just a Gigolo" adapted by Irving Caesar from the Austrian song "Schöner Gigolo", written in 1928 by Leonello Casucci (music) and Julius Brammer (lyrics). See more »

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The Scat Song
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Music by Cab Calloway and Frank Perkins
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More live-action than animation and Betty Boop has basically a walk-on here

This short is on a Betty Boop compilation tape, but it's really part of a series Fleischer did that were called Screen Songs. Singalongs were a very popular feature at the movies in the 1930s and somewhat into the 1940s. The words to a song would come up on the screen and a bouncing ball would move in time with the music and cue the audience. The animation is secondary here to the music, which is too bad, because what animation there is present here is quite good. Betty Boop barely registers here and the short could easily be made without her. If the singer were more memorable, the short would be better, but as it is, it's so-so at best. For Betty Boop completists.


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