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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 first of three Cab Calloway appearances in Betty Boop cartoons. See more »


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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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Enough to Scare Your Kids
28 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Betty Boop has some right to feel a bit persecuted by her parents. They nag and assault her verbally, causing her to run away with Bimbo. Obviously, the cartoonist sided with the parents because once the two get into unfamiliar territory, they are bombarded by ghosts and demons. Horrible visages accost them. The interesting thing is that this film has nothing to do with the character of Minnie the Moocher from the Cab Calloway song. It becomes dance music for the wraiths that inhabit the forbidden place. All of that said, the animation is superb, the characters terrifying, and everything is great fun. One question. Why is this sexy little thing with the garter and the revealing costume living at home with her parents. Running away and being so inexperienced seems the action of a seven year old.


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