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The Candid Candidate (1937)

Betty Boop campaigns for Grampy for Mayor; he wins by one vote, but finds politics is no picnic. Urban renewal is parodied.

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... Constituents (voice) (uncredited)
... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Betty Boop campaigns for Grampy to be the new mayor, and he wins by one vote. Betty gets everything in his office ready. But the moment Grampy sits down, the citizens come out from everywhere -- the chandelier, his desk drawer, behind a painting of a jackass -- to complain and to demand he fix things. Grampy is in his element. He finds novel ways to build a new bridge, fight fires, and stop drivers from ignoring the stoplight. He even improves ramshackle houses by pasting over them with posters of better looking houses. The subway train now goes directly into buildings, saving commuters the trouble of going outside. And the public fountain now serves beer. Hooray for Grampy! Written by J. Spurlin

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27 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Grampy becomes mayor and gets to try out his contraptions on the entire city, with amusing results
29 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Betty Boop campaigns for Grampy to be the new mayor, and he wins by one vote. Betty gets everything in his office ready. But the moment Grampy sits down, the citizens come out from everywhere -- the chandelier, his desk drawer, behind a painting of a jackass -- to complain and to demand he fix things. Grampy is in his element. He finds novel ways to build a new bridge, fight fires, and stop drivers from ignoring the stoplight. He even improves ramshackle houses by pasting over them with posters of better looking houses. The subway train now goes directly into buildings, saving commuters the trouble of going outside. And the public fountain now serves beer.

Hooray for Grampy! As mayor, he gets to work on a much larger scale than usual. I particularly liked the fire-fighting gag (which I won't reveal). But anyone watching this for Betty Boop will be disappointed. She's hardly in it.


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