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Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1932)

Betty Boop, a nursemaid, meets a masher in the park; with the Bouncing Ball, Ethel Merman sings the title song.




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Betty Boop, a nursemaid, meets a masher in the park; with the Bouncing Ball, Ethel Merman sings the title song.

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20 May 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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The title refers to the 1910 song "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" with music by Leo Friedman and lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson. The song was first recorded by The Peerless Quartet. See more »


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Nice to see Betty Boop and Ethel Merman in Let Me Call You Sweetheart
13 April 2017 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

A few days ago, I reviewed the Famous Studios Kartune-Invention Convention-which had the Bouncing Ball segment showcase the song "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". Here is Famous' predecessor studio-Max Fleischer-also using the Bouncing Ball to the same song. In this one, however, Betty Boop is walking a baby in a carriage in the park before resting on a bench as Bimbo walks by and tries to make love to her right then and there! Since this is pre-Code, you can guess what happens from then on though I'll also say that the baby actually likes it when he's by himself so no harm done! Anyway, Ethel Merman then appears in live-action to sing the song but unlike the later cartoon I mentioned at the beginning of this review, she actually sings some lyrics that weren't in that one (also, some of the words printed on the screen are a little different than what she's actually singing). And, instead of a character then jumping on the last lyrics of the song, the sentences rising to the Bouncing Ball then resembles a rebus, that is, words made by both letters and pictures. This was quite an enjoyable Screen Song cartoon to watch so on that note, I highly recommend Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

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