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S.O.S. (1932)

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A sinking ship leaves three survivors on a life raft: Bimbo, Koko and Betty Boop. Good news/bad news: they're rescued by a pirate ship...


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Uncredited cast:
Ann Little ...
Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie ...
Pirate Captain / Hippo (voice) (uncredited)


A sinking ship leaves three survivors on a life raft: Bimbo, Koko and Betty Boop. Good news/bad news: they're rescued by a pirate ship...

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11 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Swim or Sink  »

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The title refers to the international Morse code distress signal {... --- ...}used by ships at sea since 1905 and is popularly defined as an abbreviation for "save our ship" or "save our souls". See more »

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Amazingly dark if you think about this one...but entertaining.
22 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"S.O.S." is one of the better Betty Boop cartoons--mostly because there's no singing and the film is a bit insane. However, it also is very dark for a cartoon if you think about what is happening.

The cartoon begins on a cruise ship. A storm is knocking it about and passengers are hopping off right and left. Eventually it sinks and the only survivors you see are Bimbo, KoKo and Betty Boop on a raft. Soon a ship arrives to rescue them but their excitement is short-lived--it's a pirate ship. After locking up the guys below, the crew seems rather intent on raping Betty (perhaps I am reading this into the film). Eventually, Koko and Bimbo escape and the three are chased about the ship--only to outsmart the pirates and send them all to their deaths. As I said, this IS a very dark cartoon! Despite being so dark (or perhaps because of), the cartoon is entertaining, has a wonderfully weird style and did make me laugh. Plus, like all Betty Boop shorts, the animation is amazingly good. Well worth seeing.

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