Betty Boop hires a feline professional "Mouse Eradicator" to take over from Pudgy the Pup who makes friends with mice. But after initial successes, Mr. Al E. Katz gets drunk on the job... Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is a short in the Betty Boop series produced by Fleischer studios for Paramount. There will be spoilers ahead:
In many of the later Betty Boop shorts, the character of Pudgy the dog was added, to very mixed results. Very few of them were good, given that Pudgy isn't terribly interesting as a character. This is one of the better ones, though it isn't better because of Pudgy but because of the premise.
A "Mouse Eradicator", Al E. Katz, is driving around trying to drum up business and stops at Betty Boop's home, where he spots Pudgy playing with mice in the basement. He unleashes a mechanical wind-up mouse in the house, it chases Betty out, he catches and dispatches it and Betty hires him to take over Pudgy's job of watching for mice.
Betty takes Katz into the basement, takes Pudgy upstairs and Katz set out to catch mice. Katz is obnoxious and arrogant, but catches the mice, throwing one of them in a cage and using the rest of them as quasi-darts with an umbrella as dartboard. Katz then makes a big mistake and gets drunk on cider. The mice escape, run upstairs and run amok. Katz, being drunk, is ineffective at recapturing them.
The mice are loose and Betty begs Pudgy to chase the mice, who are playing around a player piano. Pudgy gets his job back and does a Pied Piper riff to take care of all things mice. He then saves Betty from Katz, getting rid of him and becoming a hero.
This short deserves to be more widely seen.
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