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Minnie the Moocher (1932)

Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.

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Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ... Themselves (as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)
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Betty Boop runs away from home with her friend, Bimbo the Dog. They end up in a cave where a walrus, with Cab Calloway's voice, sings "Minnie the Moocher" and dances to the melancholy song. He is joined in the performance by various ghosts, goblins, skeletons and other frightening things. Betty and Bimbo are subjected to skeletons drinking at a bar; ghost prisoners sitting in electric chairs; a mother cat with skull-like eyes feeding her equally empty-eyed kittens; and worse. Written by J. Spurlin

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11 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Лентяйка Минни  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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The title refers to the 1931 jazz song "Minnie the Moocher" recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra which sold over 1 million copies. "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi") that was repeated by the audience. See more »

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Betty Boop: singing They always- always pick on me They never-never let me be I'm so very lonely, awfully sad. But I know what I'll do By and by I'll eat some worms and then I'll die When I die, you'll wait and see They will all be sorry they picked on me.
Hankerchief: It's been a long time since you've been glad
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Connections

Referenced in Phineas and Ferb: Der Kinderlumper/Just Desserts (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
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Music by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
Performed off-screen by Cab Calloway and his orchestra at the end
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Entertaining, but I wanted to see more of Cab Calloway!
30 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a Betty Boop cartoon, though it starts with a bit of footage of Cab Calloway and his orchestra. Calloway's song "Minnie the Moocher" is set to life using Betty, her friend Bimbo and an odd assortment of ghosts, though I really would have much preferred to actually just watch and listen to Calloway sing this song live--since it is very easy to like and quite funny (and a bit radical with its reference to cocaine). However, as a cartoon, it's a very strange thing indeed as I really don't know who the audience for this Pre-Code nightmare would be! After all, it is really scary and so younger kids would be terrified by it and the drug references, if the parents noticed, would really turn them off as well, as it's NOT good child fare! Interesting, well animated but too bizarre, this one is great for adults who want to see just how subversive Betty could be in her wild Pre-Code days.


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