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Baby Be Good (1935)

Betty Boop tells naughty Little Jimmy a corrective fairy tale (with herself as fairy). Part of the action is replayed in reverse.


Dave Fleischer


Mae Questel

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Uncredited cast:
Mae Questel ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)


Betty Boop tries to get Little Jimmy to bed, but he's being a bad little boy indeed. He unbuttons his sleeper, forcing Betty to re-button it. And after Betty turns off the ceiling lamp, Little Jimmy jumps up on his bed and turns it back on again. Once Betty thinks she finally has Jimmy to sleep, she finds him painting stripes on the cat with toothpaste. Jimmy begs Betty to tell him a story, and she does so with an eye toward teaching him a lesson. It's about a mischievous little boy, much like Jimmy, watched over by a fairy, who is much like Betty. He ties a tin can on a little dog's tail; he throws bricks at a glass house; and he clips off the shaving-brush-like hair of the local barber as he sleeps. But the boy goes too far when he taunts a lion, who escapes from his cage and chases him. The kindly fairy gives the boy a chance to reverse everything he does. Literally. Suddenly, everything he has done is played in reverse, leaving a content barber, an untouched glass house and a ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

18 January 1935 (USA) See more »

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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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[first lines]
Betty Boop: Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Oh! No, no, no, no, no! Stop that! Now, be a good boy and go to sleep.
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London Bridge Is Falling Down
[Played when the baby boy is bouncing on the bed]
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Mixed Short from Betty
14 April 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Baby Be Good (1935)

** (out of 4)

Betty Boop is taking care of a baby boy who is constantly causing trouble. After he paints her cat, Betty sits him down for a story about a baby boy who is constantly doing bad things until he is visited by a fairy (played by Betty of course). BABY BE GOOD is a short I had mixed feelings about. On one hand, there's all sorts of imagination going on and especially in the fantasy sequence where we see the boy doing all sorts of bad things from tying a can to a dog's tail to breaking windows to cutting a man's hair. There's some pretty fun stuff going on but the biggest problem is that none of it is really that funny because the kid himself is just so annoying. Instead of the fairy talking to the little one you really wish she'd find a belt! The ending of the picture really doesn't work either as the kid is basically told he has to take back everything he's done and this is when the film just plays in reverse. I guess the filmmakers thought this was going to be clever but it just doesn't work and again it's rather unfunny. BABY BE GOOD is certainly a mixed short that's only recommended to Betty fans who want to see all of her films.

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