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Betty Boop's Penthouse (1933)

While Bimbo and Koko admire Betty, their experiment becomes a monster.

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Dave Fleischer
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Cat / Parrot (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Murray Billy Murray ... Bimbo (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bimbo and Koko work on explosive and monster formulas in a lab, but one of the latter gets out of hand while they're distracted by Betty exercising on the roof next door. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1933 (USA) See more »

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Chemistry Cartoon See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jack Mercer's first film. See more »

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Heat Waves
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Music by Nat Leslie
Played during the monster sequence
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Betty Boop delights yet again
27 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Fleischer were responsible for some brilliant cartoons, some of them still among my favourites. Their visual style often stunning and some of the most imaginative and ahead of its time in animation.

The character of Betty Boop, one of their most famous and prolific characters, may not be for all tastes and sadly not as popular now, but her sex appeal was quite daring for the time and to me there is an adorable sensual charm about her. The charm, sensuality and adorability factors are here and she's fun to watch. Koko and Bimbo are also featured and they are amusing too.

'Betty Boop's Penthouse' is a great Betty Boop cartoon, perhaps among her better ones. That it's virtually plot-less doesn't matter that much, because it's so rich in imagination, never less than entertaining, is up there as one of Betty's most boldly risqué cartoons and loved the nod to James Whale.

Furthermore, the black and white animation is very good, smooth, meticulously detailed and well drawn with the black and white not looking too primitive. A lot of it is actually very imaginative as well, some of the most inventive and eye-popping of the early Betty Boop cartoons to me. Even better is the music, which is rousing, catchy and unquestionably accessible to anybody who loves or is familiar with the composition style. The voice acting is good.

My only minor complaint really is the ending coming out of nowhere.

Otherwise, a great Betty Boop cartoon and a must watch for fans of her and Fleischer. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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