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Minnie the Moocher (1932)

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Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.

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Betty Boop runs away from home with her friend, Bimbo the Dog. They end up in a cave where a walrus, with Cab Calloway's voice, sings "Minnie the Moocher" and dances to the melancholy song. He is joined in the performance by various ghosts, goblins, skeletons and other frightening things. Betty and Bimbo are subjected to skeletons drinking at a bar; ghost prisoners sitting in electric chairs; a mother cat with skull-like eyes feeding her equally empty-eyed kittens; and worse. Written by J. Spurlin

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The opening live-action clip of Cab Calloway and his orchestra is said to be the earliest known film footage of Calloway. See more »

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MINNIE THE MOOCHER
Written by Cab Calloway, Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill
Performed by Cab Calloway and his orchestra (voices)
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Entertaining, but I wanted to see more of Cab Calloway!
30 December 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a Betty Boop cartoon, though it starts with a bit of footage of Cab Calloway and his orchestra. Calloway's song "Minnie the Moocher" is set to life using Betty, her friend Bimbo and an odd assortment of ghosts, though I really would have much preferred to actually just watch and listen to Calloway sing this song live--since it is very easy to like and quite funny (and a bit radical with its reference to cocaine). However, as a cartoon, it's a very strange thing indeed as I really don't know who the audience for this Pre-Code nightmare would be! After all, it is really scary and so younger kids would be terrified by it and the drug references, if the parents noticed, would really turn them off as well, as it's NOT good child fare! Interesting, well animated but too bizarre, this one is great for adults who want to see just how subversive Betty could be in her wild Pre-Code days.


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