MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 39,490 this week

So Does an Automobile (1939)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 50 users  
Reviews: 2 user

At Betty Boop's Auto Hospital, the cars are treated for various humanlike ailments.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 228 titles
created 12 Sep 2011
 
a list of 301 titles
created 21 May 2013
 
a list of 1943 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: So Does an Automobile (1939)

So Does an Automobile (1939) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of So Does an Automobile.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Betty Boop's baking is interrupted by her obnoxious practical-joking cousin, Irving. Can Grampy out-joke the joker?

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel
Be Human (1936)
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Betty Boop is incensed at her farmer neighbor's cruelty to his animals. But the inventive Grampy knows how to teach him a lesson.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Mae Questel
Not Now (1936)
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A caterwauling cat annoys Betty Boop and Pudgy; the latter tries cat-chasing, but bites off more than he can chew.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel
Family | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Little King, comic strip character, meets Betty Boop.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Mae Questel
Making Stars (1935)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Betty Boop emcees a stage show presenting "future stars"...performing infants (including racial stereotypes).

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Mae Questel
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two piano movers, a fireman and a traffic cop all drop what they're doing to join Betty Boop at the contraption-happy Grampy's eccentric party.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Mae Questel
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The White Rabbit materializes from a jigsaw puzzle and leads Betty Boop through the looking glass into Wonderland.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Bonnie Poe
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A reporter interviews Max Fleischer about his creation, and Betty illustrates with excerpts from three prior cartoons.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Cab Calloway, Dave Fleischer, Max Fleischer
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In a circus tent, Betty, Bimbo and Koko demonstrate some gadgets reminiscent of TV ads; an animated sewing machine gets out of hand.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Mae Questel
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

For customer Betty Boop, psychic reader Prof. Bimbo conjures up an adventure on a haunted tropical island in his crystal ball.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Mae Questel
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Betty, Koko, and Bimbo drive at the auto races; Betty has a cold, and her sneezes help her win.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Bonnie Poe
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
...
Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

Betty is a nurse in a hospital for sick and injured automobiles. She is both nurse and a mechanic as she ministers to her patients, who go through all the actions and complaints of human patients. Betty sings as she restores broke-down taxicabs, high-price limousines and restores a police car with sore and flat feet (tires)back to perfect condition again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 1939 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Betty Boop gives a lube job.
7 May 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of Betty Boop, but 'So Does an Automobile' is one of her more enjoyable cartoons. It features Betty in a storyline that doesn't require us to accept her as beautiful or voluptuous. (Honestly: if you saw a real woman who looked and sounded like Betty Boop -- that gigantic head, that tiny mouth, that perpetual whimper -- would you actually be pleased? More likely, you'd scream and run away in disgust.)

In this cartoon, Betty is running a service garage for anthropomorphised cars that look like Benny the Cab from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit': really more of a car hospital than anything else. As she ministers to the cars, Betty sings a very catchy tune, every verse of which ends with the song's title, and all the verses make comparisons between humans and cars. A person needs some sympathy, and 'so does an automobile'. And so on.

In addition to the very pleasant song -- which keeps Betty from doing her usual breathy whimpering -- there's also an extremely funny payoff gag, which should be easy to figure out if you look at this movie's title while considering the Fleischer studio's penchant for risqué gags. Still, by Fleischer standards that last gag is quite clean. I might even call it "auto" erotic. I'll rate this delightful movie 9 in 10.


0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss So Does an Automobile (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page