After watching a Paramount Noose Reel and a cartoon with Bimbo and Koko the Clown, the audience is thrilled when Betty Boop appears on stage to sing and imitate Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier.




Uncredited cast:
Billy Murray ...
Bimbo (voice) (uncredited)
Betty Boop / Aloysius (voice) (uncredited)


The crowd packs into the theater to see the adorable and sexy Betty Boop, but first they must endure a Paramount Noose Reel, which features a tediously speechifying mayor and a disastrously silly christening of a ship. Next, they're subjected to a cartoon with Bimbo and Koko the Clown, who perform a hoary old blackout gag. Finally, the screen goes dark and Betty Boop appears on stage to wow the audience with her songs and her imitations of Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. Everyone enjoys the show, except an elephant, who makes an ill-advised attempt to steal peanuts from a baby, and the baby himself, who is unable to see over a man's tall hat - or his tall head. Betty is such a hit that no one is interested in the acrobats that follow her. The unfortunate performers are stuck in a human pyramid as Betty takes bow after bow. Written by J. Spurlin

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12 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Not bad.
22 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Yesterday, I watched "Betty Boop's Rise to Fame" and a huge chunk of "Stopping the Show" was included in this later cartoon--which is also made up of two other Betty Boop cartoons plus a rare chance to see Max and Dave Fleischer.

"Stopping the Show" begins with TONS of patrons filling a huge theater. First comes a very boring 'Noose Reel', then a very abbreviated Bimbo and KoKo cartoon. Following this the audience awakens from its slumber--it's time for Betty to come on stage and perform. She does musical imitations--including Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. I gotta be honest--her Chevalier is godawful and painful to hear!! The next act is supposed to go on, but the cheering audience necessitates many curtain calls for Betty.

All in all, a mildly entertaining cartoon but one whose weakest link is Betty. As I mentioned above, her imitation of Chevalier is painful. Still, the film has some charm and the usual high quality animation from the Fleischer Brothers Studio.

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