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So Does an Automobile (1939)

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





Uncredited cast:
Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)


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>

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Release Date:

31 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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So Does an Automobile
Music by Sammy Timberg
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Sung by Betty and played throughout
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Bizarre but enjoyable.
18 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you've seen many Betty Boop cartoons, you can see that this is one of the later ones, as Betty is very different looking from her older self. Back in the earlier days, Betty was very curvy and sexy. However, here she is much taller and less amply endowed. Part of this is because the new Production Code of 1934 mandated some changes but part was just apparently due to changing fashions--making the 1939 Betty more modern and 'normal' looking.

Despite my use of the word normal, nothing else about "So Does An Automobile" is normal! It is a very strange cartoon in which cars have become anthropomorphic and Betty works in a garage that is really much more like a hospital for sick and injured autos! Few of the gags are hilarious but it is cute and will keep your attention. Plus, like all Fleischer cartoons, the animation is terrific. You gotta see this one to believe it!

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