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Ups 'n Downs (1931)

Bosko runs a hot dog stand at an amusement park; but he sneaks away to the racetrack to ride his mechanical horse.

Directors:

Hugh Harman (uncredited), Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Carman Maxwell Carman Maxwell ... Evil Jockey / Hippo (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Murray ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bosko runs a hot dog stand at an amusement park. He sells a hot dog to a bow-wow-type dog; but before the dog can eat it, the hot dog cries out, "Mammy!" in imitation of Al Jolson. The dog happily replies, "Sonny boy!" The dog and hot dog kiss and go off skipping and barking, joyfully reunited. Meanwhile, Bosko sneaks away from his hot dog stand so that he can compete as a jockey at a nearby racetrack. Bosko's horse is only mechanical; but his pluck and quick-thinking will give him an edge over his competition. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Off to the Races See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #4645. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bosko: Hot dog! Get 'em while they're hot, folks! Hot dog! Hot dog! Get 'em while they're hot, folks!
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Alternate Versions

Redrawn in the 1970's for the "When Funnies Were Funny" TV show. Retitled "Off to the Races" and the soundtrack was replaced at the beginning. The cartoon's ending was different (with a different music piece) because of missing footage - it ends with Bosko's horse killed, then his competitor laughs, then is kicked by Bosko, who rides the rival's horse, stunning the rival. The rival's horse reaches the goal then Bosko gets a trophy while the horse's eyes roll around. See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
(uncredited)
Music by Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Henry Ragas and Larry Shields
Played during the race
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Ups 'n Downs is another interesting early Bosko short
27 October 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Watched this Bosko short on YouTube and I agree with the previous poster that this was amusing and nothing more. Best sequence was indeed the hot dogs dancing without a care despite their intended purpose! The "Mammy and Sonny Boy" gag may be pretty obscure for anyone who doesn't know Al Jolson, otherwise it may be considered racist by others though in this case I don't think any real harm was meant by it. If the mouse drawn here looks a little familiar, it's because the directors, Hugh Harmon and Rudolf Ising, once drew for Walt Disney when he did Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who somewhat resembles the future mouse that would put Disney on the map of animation history. Worth a look once for anyone interested in this sort of thing.


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