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The Old Man of the Mountain (1933)

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Betty Boop goes to see the fearsome Old Man of the Mountain for herself; he sings the title song and a duet with Betty.

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Betty Boop goes to see the fearsome Old Man of the Mountain for herself; he sings the title song and a duet with Betty.

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4 August 1933 (USA)  »

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O Velho da Montanha  »

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Betty Boop: What are you gonna do?
Himself & Old Man: I'm gonna do the best I can.
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OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
Music by Victor Young and Billy Hill
Lyrics by George Brown
Sung by Cab Calloway and Mae Questel
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Cab Calloway Makes This One Of Betty's All-Time Best Cartoons
25 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cab Calloway and his "hi-dee hi-dee ho" jazzy music begins this cartoon.

Through an animated owl figure, the famous jazz crooner sings "The Old Man And The Moutain" during the first half of 'toon as we see everyone in the forest fleeing when word gets out that he's coming. "He" is the old man. The lyrics of the song are good and so are the animated antics of the critters as they gather their stuff and run. The owl, through the song, is explaining to Betty why everyone is panicking.

Betty says she's going up to the mountain "to see this old man for myself." Betty dances her way up the mountain as we continue to hear the jazz music. En route she sees some strange sights.

When she meets him, they do a duet - some fabulous music! The old man even tap dances. Then we have the usual chase scene, this time with the old man after Betty, even squeezing the dress off her!

Mostly this is a showcase for Calloway's singing and his orchestra and it is so up-tempo that it's a real hoot to listen to. This is one of the few cartoons where the music is better than the visuals. And, the latter is good, too. Overall: one of the best Boop cartoons ever made.


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