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Croon Crazy (1933)

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An Oil-can-Harry radio announcer presents Cubby Bear the Crooner as the star of his own radio program over station R-K-O and, while Cubby is crooning away, Slick also advises that Kitty ... See full summary »



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An Oil-can-Harry radio announcer presents Cubby Bear the Crooner as the star of his own radio program over station R-K-O and, while Cubby is crooning away, Slick also advises that Kitty Schmidt (Kate Smith), Cal Jolson (Al Jolson)and Sol Rightman (Paul Whiteman) will be Cubby's guest stars. Then a 100-year-old Western-Union 'boy' delivers a telegram informing that none of the guests will appear. So Cubby has to do the whole program by himself. Cubby comes through. Written by Les Adams <>

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I've Got a Lot of What I've Got
Sung by Cubby impersonating Mae West
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Ya' really think Sirrus radio is rough?

This one makes a corn-cob softer than a powder-puff. Cubby the Bear, the Crooning Crooner, has his own program on Radio Station R-K-O and his scheduled guest stars---Kitty Schmidt (Kate Smith), Sol Rightman (Paul Whiteman) and Sal Jolson (Al Jolson) have opted out, and his light-slippered announcer advises Cubby he is on his own. No sweat. In about eight minutes Cubby manages to show visually and story-wise why the MPPDA told Hollywood they "wanted to see it before you released it." Using caricature masks and a make-up screen---no audience and it wasn't televised---Cubby takes on the roles of his missing guest stars. He sings "Mammy" in black-face, cross-dresses as Kate Smith to take a turn on "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain" but not before stuffing his/ her bosom with half the props on the stage. He then does Mae West and sings "I've Got a Lot of What I've Got" and tells the radio listeners to come up and see her...and the boys down at the pool hall---including the "human" Tom-and-Jerry---jump through their radio by way of coming up. Tom and Jerry (the human ones) doing a cameo in a Cubby cartoon was what came to be known in the Golden Age of Comic Books (and the Silver-Age, also) as a cross-over and makes this one a keeper for collectors. The cross-dressing Cubby has already done gets topped right quick like when Tubby hooks up with radio stations around the world and begins in India where Roger Rajah is taking tokes on his water-pipe while his pantie-and-bra clad harem girls dance for his amusement and his black servant can't fan enough to keep his Royal Hotness cool,and has to dump ice on him. Then, a caricature of Mahatma Gandhi comes dancing along and opens his white robe to reveal he is also a fan of cross dressing and shows the latest in women's scanty undies. (Back off, I didn't draw this one, I'm just reporting on it.)

From there Cubby's round-the-world radio program visits the Baltics, Spain, the North Pole, Hawaii, Holland, the American west and every continent but Anartica, and leaves no race, religion, culture, preference or past-times un-stereotyped. For some reason or another the Twinkie-toed announcer is down to his skivvies before this one ends.

This one, as old-timers are inclined to something else.

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