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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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Release Date:

4 August 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Velho da Montanha  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Featured in Biography: Betty Boop See more »


Music by Victor Young and Billy Hill
Lyrics by George Brown
Sung by Cab Calloway and Mae Questel
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THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN {Short} (Dave Fleischer, 1933) ***
11 January 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Like the previous year's MINNIE THE MOOCHER (a viewing of which preceded this one), this "Talkartoon" has its genesis in the current Cab Calloway hit; however, it also seems to take a leaf out of Dr. Seuss' Grinch stories as here we have the titular character whose coming terrorizes a rural town. In fact, his advance is made public by the lion town crier – who, hilariously, jumps atop two white rabbits, straps their ears around his feet and uses them to roller-skate down the mountain into town. This level of inventiveness is kept at a steady pace throughout its standard 7-minute running time.

Almost needless to say is the fact that, like its predecessor, it features Betty Boop and her faithful dog companion Bimbo and they are the ones who finally confront the notorious ancient bully but they get more than they bargained for – Betty ends up in her underwear and has to hide herself behind a tree (a scene which caused controversy at the time with the short's distributors Paramount being asked to tone these cartoons down)! Eventually, it is the angered animal population of the town who give the dirty old man his long-in-coming comeuppance.

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