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Billboard Frolics (1935)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  9 November 1935 (USA)
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Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. ... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ...
Dave Rub-Em-Off (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Nazarro ...
Eddie Camphor / Worm (voice) (uncredited)


Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. Pancho's Tamales sing in Spanish; the Old Maid cleanser girls dance. Some Russian Rye bread dances to a Russian arrangement. The penguins for Old Colds cigarettes dance and skate, too. Two union suits do a dance, with their drop panel beating time on washtubs, as a set of lingerie dances and a Jell-O mold shakes. The My Ami chick goes after the worm in an apple, but catches the hose of an air pump instead and gets inflated. A cat comes after the chick. The bellhop for Philmore cigarettes calls out the support: A Police Chief gasoline car, the RCA dog (fake brand not visible), and finally the arm and hammer from a baking soda poster which clubs the cat on the head. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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9 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies: Billboard Frolics  »

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(2-Strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Edited into September in the Rain (1937) See more »


Merrily We Roll Along
Music by Murray Mencher
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Eddie Cantor
Sung by cartoon parody of Eddie Cantor
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Smart, Charming and Funny
22 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Billboard Frolics (1935)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Charming Merrie Melodies short has the characters on billboards coming to life in musical form. Rub-Him-Off jumps off a billboards and breaks into a song and this sets off the other characters including penguins in Smoke Old Cold cigarettes, Russian Rye, Sink-O drain cleaner and then we get to the action as a baby chick tries to catch a worm only to them be chased by a bad cat. Fans of these animated shorts should certainly have a great time with this one. Not only is the music very lively and entertaining, we're also treated to some very memorable comedy bits and there's no question that you'll be amazed at how good the characters are. Each of them are memorable and add their own charm to the film but the real entertainment comes in the final act. The banter between the chick and the worm is priceless but when the cat enters the picture we get a classic villain. Just check out the scene where the cat is sneaking along and it crosses with the moon, which gives it an X-ray look.

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