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 <>

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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 »


Referenced in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »


Just a Gigolo
Music by Leonello Casucci
Lyrics by Julius Brammer ("Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo")
French lyrics by André Mauprey and Jean Lenoir ("C'est mon Gigolo")
English lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by Irène Bordoni in French during the opening credits
Sung by Bordoni again in English with the bouncing ball
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Max Fleischer's Screen Song-Just a Gigolo-was a fascinating showcase for Irene Bordoni and Betty Boop
3 November 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This short, Just a Gigolo, is one of Max Fleischer's Screen Songs series which usually had a live action film of a popular singer warbling a song whose title becomes the short's as well with a bouncing ball jumping over the printed words and some animation that may or not be related to the song. French chanteuse Irene Bordoni does the honors here and Betty Boop makes a brief appearance as a cigar/cigarette girl with her in her usual situation of keeping a man from getting "fresh" with her. It's amusing seeing her calling this particular person what he really is, which is "pig"! There's also a sequence near the end as the song nears the climax of a male cat kissing all the female felines before forcing himself on one that plays hard to get but manages to make swoon before...well, watch this short. This was fascinating when I first watched this on AMC and it remains so having just rediscovered this on YouTube.

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