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I Ain't Got Nobody (1932)

The Mills Brothers perform two songs with the Bouncing Ball.


Dave Fleischer


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Complete credited cast:
The Mills Brothers ... Themselves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Mills ... Himself (as The Mills Brothers)
Harry Mills ... Himself (as The Mills Brothers)
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Himself (as The Mills Brothers)
John Mills John Mills ... Himself (as The Mills Brothers)


The Mills Brothers sing title song and "Hold that Tiger" with a Bouncing Ball. Cartoon sequence: A lion magician enchants household objects into singing along. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Animation | Short | Music







Release Date:

17 June 1932 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

[Opening credit]: The music throughout this cartoon is furnished by The Mills Brothers Quartette. They employ no musical instruments of any kind - except the guitar. There is no tuba, no trumpet and no saxophone. See more »


Edited into Chop Suey (2001) See more »


I Ain't Got Nobody Much (and Nobody Cares for Me)
Music by Spencer Williams
Lyrics by Roger Graham
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Sung with the bouncing ball
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I Ain't Got Nobody was a nice initial showcase of The Mills Brothers in a Max Fleischer Screen Songs cartoon short
14 April 2017 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This Max Fleischer Screen Songs cartoon/live-action short marked the introduction of The Mills Brothers on screen. The cartoon has a lion watching his TV, switching to various channels until it comes to the group I just mentioned. Then, as they perform "The Tiger Rag", this lion suddenly has some magic powers as everything in his house is held sway under the group's power as many animals and inanimate objects move or dance or play instruments. When the Mills Brothers are once again seen performing, they then do the song that's also the title of this short. Most of the gags are pretty amusing but the best one was after the song and Bouncing Ball sequence. I won't reveal it but it's on YouTube if you want to watch it. So that's a recommendation of I Ain't Got Nobody.

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