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Be Up to Date (1938)

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Betty Boop's Traveling Department Store comes to Hillbillyville; the mountain folks find old uses for the new gadgets.


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


Betty Boop is in the mountains selling hardware and house-goods out of her trailer. She arrives at a hillbilly settlement, and the locals buy her wares and put them to odd uses; a woman uses a waffle iron to pet a permanent wave in her hair' a man buys an outboard motor and hitches it to a plow, and the finales has Betty leading the town band as the members play their home-made instruments. Written by Les Adams <>

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25 February 1938 (USA)  »

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Be Up To Date
Words and Music by Tot Seymour and Sammy Timberg
Performed by Mae Questel
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Standard later Betty Boop short, cute enough, if nowhere near the early ones

This short is actually not too bad for a post-code Betty Boop. It's got a few good bits and is not without its charms. At least Betty is the only series character in the short. With the notable exception of Grampy, the regular supporting characters in the later short tend to be a singularly unimpressive lot. Very mild spoilers ahead (if it can be said that anything would spoil the average post-code Betty Boop):

Betty as enterprising young sales woman here, journeying into the hills to sell modern gadgetry to them "hillbillies", The bulk of the cartoon is spent watching Betty's customers put said gadgets to uses which no doubt immediately void any and all warranties, as well as perplex the manufacturers.. There's singing, dancing and much fun is had by all, at least as much fun as there is to be found in a six minute black and white cartoon. Worth watching.

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