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Billboard Frolics (1935)

Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. ... See full summary »


Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

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Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ... Dave Rub-Em-Off (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Nazarro ... Eddie Camphor / Worm (voice) (uncredited)


Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. Pancho's Tamales sing in Spanish; the Old Maid cleanser girls dance. Some Russian Rye bread dances to a Russian arrangement. The penguins for Old Colds cigarettes dance and skate, too. Two union suits do a dance, with their drop panel beating time on washtubs, as a set of lingerie dances and a Jell-O mold shakes. The My Ami chick goes after the worm in an apple, but catches the hose of an air pump instead and gets inflated. A cat comes after the chick. The bellhop for Philmore cigarettes calls out the support: A Police Chief gasoline car, the RCA dog (fake brand not visible), and finally the arm and hammer from a baking soda poster which clubs the cat on the head. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

9 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies: Billboard Frolics See more »

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Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Color (2-Strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in The Gay Anties (1947) See more »


Merrily We Roll Along
Adapted from "Goodnight, Ladies" by Edwin P. Christy
Music by Murray Mencher
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Eddie Cantor
Sung by cartoon parody of Eddie Cantor
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Obviously Dated, But A Nice Look Back At The Products Of The Times
18 June 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This cartoon gives Eddie Cantor a plug, making into "Eddie Camphor" who jumps out of a billboard and sings "Merrily We Roll Along." The caricature emphasizes Cantor's big, rolling eyes.

Soon nearby posters promoting certain products of the day begin to come alive with song and dance. Old Maid Cleaners are singing, Russian rye bread loafs start dancing, penguins from "Old Cold" cigarettes (Old Gold, if I remember correctly), etc. There are a lot of them throughout the cartoon, many of them familiar and still around (Arm & Hammer baking soda, Wrigley's Gum, Pall Mall cigarettes, etc.). They aren't the actual product names, just as Eddie's name is changed, but many are recognizable.

Anyway, it's very dated but it's in color which is pretty good for 1935 and its looks decent. It's not really but it's "cute" and interesting. The first 60 percent of this is strictly a musical, and then it changes into a worm, bird, cat and dog cartoon, each one being pursued by the other, in that order.

This animated short is part of the features on the "Captain Blood" DVD.

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