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Minnie the Moocher (1932)

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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Complete credited cast:
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ...
Themselves (as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)


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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Release Date:

11 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лентяйка Минни  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the 1931 jazz song "Minnie the Moocher" recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra which sold over 1 million copies. "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi") that was repeated by the audience. See more »


Referenced in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) See more »


Minnie the Moocher
Written by Cab Calloway, Clarence Gaskill and Irving Mills
Performed by Cab Calloway and his orchestra (voices)
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Enough to Scare Your Kids
28 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Betty Boop has some right to feel a bit persecuted by her parents. They nag and assault her verbally, causing her to run away with Bimbo. Obviously, the cartoonist sided with the parents because once the two get into unfamiliar territory, they are bombarded by ghosts and demons. Horrible visages accost them. The interesting thing is that this film has nothing to do with the character of Minnie the Moocher from the Cab Calloway song. It becomes dance music for the wraiths that inhabit the forbidden place. All of that said, the animation is superb, the characters terrifying, and everything is great fun. One question. Why is this sexy little thing with the garter and the revealing costume living at home with her parents. Running away and being so inexperienced seems the action of a seven year old.

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