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Mysterious Mose (1930)

Betty Boop (with dog's ears) can't sleep on a scary night, so she sings the title song and meets the gentleman in question...a surreal version of Bimbo.

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Dave Fleischer
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Margie Hines Margie Hines ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Murray Billy Murray ... Bimbo (voice) (uncredited)
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Betty Boop (with dog's ears) can't sleep on a scary night, so she sings the title song and meets the gentleman in question...a surreal version of Bimbo. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1930 (USA) See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Graveyard Jamboree with Mysterious Mose (1999) See more »

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Mysterious Mose
Written by Walter Doyle
Sung by an of-screen chorus during the opening credits and at the end
Sung by Betty Boop and later by Bimbo
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Mysteriously surreal
15 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Fleischer were responsible for some brilliant cartoons, some of them still among my favourites. Their visual style was often stunning and some of the most imaginative and ahead of its time in animation.

The character of Betty Boop, one of their most famous and prolific characters, may not be for all tastes and sadly not as popular now, but her sex appeal was quite daring for the time and to me there is an adorable sensual charm about her. That charm, sensuality and adorable factor is not lost anywhere here, nor her comic timing and she is very well supported by the ever fun Bimbo in a more surreal role to usual.

'Mysterious Mose' is for me among the better early period Betty Boop cartoons. It has all the elements that make her pre-Code cartoons so worthwhile and does do so much, almost everything, right and little wrong. Story-wise, will agree somewhat that it is very slight and not too hard to figure out.

However, the animation is outstanding, everything is beautifully and meticulously drawn and the whole cartoon is rich in visual detail and imagination. Every bit as good is the music score, which delivers on the energy, lusciousness and infectiousness, great for putting anybody in a good mood.

As hoped, the fun is ceaseless, with some very well timed and funny gags, and delivers on the creativity and imagination as well as (for Betty Boop especially) a surprising darkness and surrealism. As well as a raciness that one associates pre-code Betty Boop with. The voice work and such is good.

In summary, Betty Boop fans will find a lot to enjoy here in 'Mysterious Mose'. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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