This article is about the animated short. For the catchphrase, see Boop-Oop-a-Doop.
The short film begins with a giant Betty Boop flag, which flies over the big top. Betty works as a lion-taming artist and tightrope walking artist. Another of the circus' attractions is Koko the Clown. While performing on the hig hwire, the villainous Ringmaster lusts for Betty from below as he watches her sing "Do Something," a song previously performed by Helen Kane. As Betty returns to her tent, the Ringmaster follows her inside and sensually massages her legs, surrounds her and threatens her job if she does not submit. Betty begs the Ringmaster to cease his advances, as she sings "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away." Koko is outside of the tent, practicing his juggling, and hears the struggle coming from inside. He leaps in to save Betty's virtue, struggling with the Ringmaster - who loads him into a cannon, firing it, thinking that he has sent the hero away as he laughs with self-satisfaction. But Koko is hiding inside the cannon, and strikes the Ringmaster out cold with a mallet, having the "last laugh." When Koko expresses concern about Betty's welfare, she answers in song, "No, he couldn't take my Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away!" The film ends with Koko kissing Betty on the cheek.
- Lion: "You dropped your handkerchief!"
- Betty Boop: "Thanks!"
- Ringmaster: "Do you like your job? Well I think if I was you I would...'"
- Betty Boop: "You mean?'"
- Ringmaster: "There'll be no more Boop-Oop-a-Doop outta you!"
- Betty Boop: "You brute keep your hands off me, Oooh! Help me, help!"
Cast & Crew
- Little Ann Little as Betty Boop
- Claude Reese as Bimbo
- Max Fleischer (Producer)
- Dave Fleischer (Director)
- Al Eugster (Animator)
- "Sweet Betty"
- "Do Something"
- "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away"
- "The Washington Post"
- "The Peanut Vendor"
- "Sobre las Olas" (Over the Waves)
- Was released on the 16th of January in 1932.
- Betty is strangled when she slaps the Ringmaster for groping her legs.
- A hidden sexual innuendo-based joke in the cartoon shows Bimbo as a peanut vendor, attempting to sell peanuts to Billy Boop. While shouting out "peanuts", he can be heard changing the word to "penis".