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Whoops! I'm a Cowboy (1937)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Comedy  -  12 February 1937 (USA)
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Betty Boop's runt of a suitor thinks he'll have better luck if he takes cowboy lessons at a dude ranch; slapstick results.


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


Wiffle Piffle, mild-mannered and big-dreaming clerk in the office where Betty Boop works, proposes marriage to Betty and she turns him down with the song explanation that she pines for a Cowboy. Piffle catches a train for the Wild West and arrives at a cactus junction called Lily Ponds, primarily because Miss Ponds was working at Paramount at the time. He buys a dude-cowboy outfit and gets a guide book and how to become a real cowboy. The puns on the instruction pages are funnier than Piffle's misadventures. And the censors at the MPPDA office must have been dozing and didn't bother reading some of the instructions. Written by Les Adams <>

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cowboy | betty boop | wild west | train | song | See more »


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12 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Opa! Sou um Cowboy  »

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I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande
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A funny short story performed by Wiffle Piffle
8 March 2011 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Whoops! I'm a Cowboy" is more of a short animation on dreaming clerk Wiffle Piffle than a story focuses on Betty Boop. In it, Wiffle wants to marry Betty but she turns him down, with a song quoting that she prefers cowboys. Wiffle decides to become a cowboy, shopping cowboy's boots and accessories and training to be exactly like one, reading a guide with unusual instructions that led him to comical and amusing situations such as bronco-busting, a sharp shooting where he fires a gun on everything except in the target and others.

It is a charming animation, has its qualities but doesn't have an ending. After all the mess Wiffle's been through he ends up quitting the cowboy business, hitchhikes with a Indian and his son, and the film ends without him trying to talk to Betty again. It's just a tease, very very short but it's nice to watch and has great qualities. 6/10

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