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House Cleaning Blues (1937)

Housecleaning blues are just what Betty Boop has the morning after a wild party. Grampy to the rescue!




Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Grampy (voice) (uncredited)
Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)


Grampy wants to take Betty Boop out for a ride in his roadster. But Betty had a wild party the night before, and now she has to clean up. Grampy tells her to get ready, and he'll take care of everything. And he does. After wearing his thinking cap for only a few moments, he figures out exactly what to do. From using the player piano to press clothes to tying gloves to an electric fan and letting them dust the house, Grampy's ways are fast, efficient and fun. And in no time, with methods that range from the simple to the Rube Goldberg-esqe, the house is clean. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

15 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Betty Boop: Good morning, canary.
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Sweet Betty
Music by Sammy Timberg
Played during the opening credits
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Not among the finest for Betty Boop--even if Grampy does make an appearance.
22 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apart from the wonderful 3-D look that the Fleischer Brothers used in some of their films and consistently nice animation, there really isn't much to distinguish this short film. That's because there's practically no plot in "House Cleaning Blues". Betty apparently had a HUGE party the night before and now she is singing about how she hates to clean house. During this song, Grampy arrives and helps her clean up. As for the jokes, they are okay but nothing above the ordinary. Not a bad cartoon---just not a particularly good or memorable one--and one where the usual weirdness Grampy displays is VERY muted. In fact in this film he's almost normal! It certainly needed some edge—some sort of friction. Instead, it's just about cleaning house—a subject dull beyond belief.

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