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Bosko's Picture Show (1933)

Bosko runs a movie theater that shows a wacky newsreel with Jack Dumpsey, a slapstick short from Haurel and Lardy, and a turn-of-the-century melodrama starring Honey.


Friz Freleng (uncredited), Hugh Harman (uncredited)

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After the last human has left the department store, the toys walk over to the music department where they start performing the Warren/Dubin song "We're in the money". The money soon joins ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf Ising


Uncredited cast:
Rochelle Hudson ... Honey (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Murray ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)


Bosko runs a movie theater. He also plays the organ and leads the audience in a sing-along. He even enters the action on screen when necessary. The movies he shows include a newsreel from Out-of-Tone Pictures ("Sees all, hears all, smells all"), which features a contentious peace conference in Geneva; a so-called bathing beauty in Malibu; a decrepit Jack Dumpsey in Reno; a wacky dog race in Epsom Salts, England; and an ax-wielding Adolf Hitler chasing Jimmy Durante in Pretzel, Germany. Next is Haurel and Lardy in "Spite of Everything." Finally, the feature film is from TNT Pictures, whose mascot is a burping lion and whose slogan is "Eenie Meanie Minie Moe." The title: "He Done Her Dirt." The subtitle: "And How!" It's a turn-of-the-century melodrama featuring a mustache-twirling villain and Honey as the damsel in distress. Written by J. Spurlin

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2 September 1933 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Animation historian Jerry Beck reported that late in the cartoon, Bosko says something along the lines of "The dirty fuck," but is unsure whether it was the actual line or a recording error. See more »


A line in the sing-a-long card for "We're In The Money" is mistakenly printed as "Let's spend it, lend it...", even though the audience sings the correct line "Let's lend it, spend it...". See more »


[first lines]
Bosko: Howdy, howdy, howdy, folks! Let's sing!
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A melodrama where the caricatures make more of an impression than Bosko
12 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Bosko cartoons may not be animation masterpieces, but they are fascinating as examples of Looney Tunes in their early days before the creation of more compelling characters and funnier and more creative cartoons. There are some good cartoons, as well as some average or less ones.

As far as Bosko cartoons go, 'Bosko's Picture Show' is one of the better ones, even though it is more a pretty good cartoon rather than great. Sure, as usual, the story is thin and more of an excuse to string along the gags. The archetypal villain character is a little melodramatic, while Bosko is too much of a supporting character in his own cartoon (only really shining in his song and dance routine), charming Honey and the caricatures make far more of an impression.

With all that being said, as always for a Bosko cartoon the animation is good. Not exactly refined but fluid and crisp enough with some nice detail, it is especially good in the meticulous backgrounds and some remarkably flexible yet natural movements for Bosko. The music doesn't disappoint either, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.

Sound quality has clarity and the synchronisation isn't sloppy and has imagination. The way Bosko is animated is well done and remarkably natural.

'Bosko's Picture Show's' gags mostly do work and the caricatures mostly work too. Loved the Laurel and Hardy and Marx Brothers. The newsreel gag was very dull though and the Hitler and Jimmy Durante one was a little too strange for my tastes.

In conclusion, pretty good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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