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Betty Boop's Ups and Downs
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Betty Boop's Ups and Downs

A destitute Betty is evicted from her home, which has a "FOR SALE" sign beside it. After Bimbo hauls away Betty and her meager belongings in a horse-drawn cart, the vacant house starts to fall apart. The asking price on the sign goes down with each additional decay, until the house is ramshackle and the asking price is "Or what have you?". The camera view then pulls back up into the air, showing all the houses in the town also have "For Sale" signs. The view continues up show all of North America "For Sale", and finally the whole Earth is for sale. The Earth goes up for auction with the Moon serving as auctioneer, and the planets start bidding. Saturn is the buyer. He pulls a large horseshoe magnet from out of the Earth, eliminating the planet's gravity. Buildings, trees, animals, and people (Betty included) start floating into the air, with humorous effect. Finally, a hand reaches out from the Earth and grabs the magnet back from Saturn. Gravity is restored, and everything and everybody return to the ground. A series of buildings fall atop Betty, but she avoids injury as she emerges from the top of the pile of buildings singing "Any old place upon this Earth is home sweet home to me"

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  • Was released on the 14th of October in 1932.
  • This short subject makes light of the rash of foreclosures and property auctions in the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, together with some of the distinctive surrealism of the Fleischer style of this era.
  • While walking in the clouds, Betty's skirt flips up and down
  • Betty's house is sold for $10.000
  • Betty Boop's outfit is altered: she wears a hat which resembles the fashions of the 1930s and a long shirt, with her usual dress and garter.

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