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Bimbo's Initiation (1931)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 24 July 1931 (USA)
Bimbo the dog is initiated into a secret society in a sadistic 'fun house'; then Betty Boop (with dog's ears) takes a hand.

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Dave Fleischer
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Billy Murray Billy Murray ... Bimbo (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bimbo finds himself surrounded by a mysterious group of robed figures who invite him to become a member of their secret organization. When he refuses, they fling him through a nightmarish sequence of terror and torture devices. Will our hapless hero make it out alive? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Initiation du Tu-tu-klan See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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There is a possible Mickey Mouse cameo in the short. At the beginning of the short, after Bimbo falls through the sewer, a cartoon mouse (most likely a member of the cult Bimbo is persuaded to join throughout the short) locks the sewer lid, hiding the way out. The cartoon mouse who locks the way out resembles Mickey Mouse. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leader: [singing] By the mystic order of the...
Secret Society: Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha! Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha! Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha! Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha!
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Connections

Referenced in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Robotnikland (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Vamp
(uncredited)
Written by Byron Gay
[Played and sung throughout when Bimbo is asked "Wanna be a member?"]
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Worth Watching for the Pre-Code Sexuality
27 July 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bimbo's Initiation (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Marginally entertaining short has Bimbo falling down a manhole where he ends up in a strange playhouse where some masked people keep asking him if he wants to be a member of their group. Each time he says no they put him through some form of abuse but soon Betty Boop shows up and asks him the same question. In terms of imagination this short has quite a bit of that but in terms of laughs there are very few. I think the film works best as some eye candy because the house is a pretty interesting one and at least keeps the movie going at a good speed. I thought all the tricks were rather clever and this includes the rolling floor and the sequence where Bimbo has to open one door after another. I think the highlight is without question the cameo by Boop and there's no doubt that this short was made before the Hayes Code. The level of pre-code sexuality is quite high as it's obvious Boop is having quite the effect on poor Bimbo who can't control himself. The scenes with Boop shaking her butt and slapping it are hard to forget and easy to see what's going on.


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