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The Impractical Joker (1937)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 18 June 1937 (USA)
Betty Boop's baking is interrupted by her obnoxious practical-joking cousin, Irving. Can Grampy out-joke the joker?




Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Irving (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Irving (voice) (uncredited)
Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)


Betty Boop is busy in the kitchen showing off her usual attributes, along with her cake-baking skills which she displayed more than once, and answers the doorbell to find Irving the Imbecile Idiot on her doorstep. After enduring several practical jokes at the hands of Irving, Betty hotfoots it upstairs to the room of Professor Grampy, who appears, we hope, to be a paying boarder, to enlist his aid in dealing with Irving. Grampy, per usual, puts on his thinking cap with the built-in light-bulb that lights up when Grampy gets an idea about how to handle a situation. His ideas always involve a Rube-Goldberg machine-device of some kind, and he uses them against Irving. But the last joke is still on Betty and Grampy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Grampy & the Impractical Joker  »

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Betty Boop: [baking a layer cake] Ooooh, what a lovely set o' cakes, oh boy! That was some batter, mm-mmmm, and what a recipe! Ohhh, I'll have to use that all the time!
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Sweet Betty
Music by Sammy Timberg
Played during the opening credits
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Three cheers for Grampy!
21 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Whenever I see that a Betty Boop cartoon features Grampy, I try to watch. His character is one of the best from the Fleischer Brothers Studio and he adds a certain level of weirdness to the cartoons that I really appreciate.

Betty is trying to do housework when he super-annoying cousin, Irving, drops by for a visit. Actually, he just dropped by to annoy EVERYONE and his jokes tend to be very mean and unrelenting. At her wits end, Betty asks Grampy if there's anything he can do to help and, as usual, Grampy uses his inventions to teach a jerk a lesson.

The best thing about this film is its frenetic pace. Some Betty Boop cartoons feature too much singing and too little plot--but here neither is an issue and the jokes come one after another after another. Add to that the typical wonderful Fleischer animation and you have more than enough reason to watch this film.

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