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Dizzy Dishes

Dizzy Dishes is a 1930 Cartoon about Out of Work Actors who work at a nightclub.The short film begins with a chorus of singing flapper cats. Bimbo waits on a hungry gorilla and then goes to the kitchen to prepare the order, roast duck. When he is about to bring it to the gorilla's table, he see's a anthropomorphic French poodle-esque caricature of Helen Kane dubbed "The Original Boop-Oop-a-Doop-Girl" performing a "Boop Oop a Doop" song on stage and falls in love at first sight. He completely forgets about the hungry customer and dances on stage with the duck. The gorilla gets furious and begins to chase after Bimbo, who escapes on a wooden train.


  • Bimbo: "Roast Duck!"
  • Bimbo: "Poop-Oop-a-Doop-Poo!"
  • Betty Boop: "I have to have Poopa-Doopa-Doopa-Doo-Poop-Oop-a-Doop Whoopee!"


Cast & Crew

Grim Natwick (Creation of Betty Boop)

One day, Dave Fleischer handed Grim a photograph of singer, Helen Kane and asked him to design a caricature. Fleischer had found a sound-alike, and planned to use her in the upcoming Talkartoon, "Dizzy Dishes". Grim exaggerated Kane’s wide eyes and rosebud mouth, creating a slightly coarse, but strikingly original design. A few weeks later, Dave asked Grim to design a girlfriend for Bimbo to star as the "fair young maiden" in a cartoon adaptation of the popular song, 'Barnacle Bill the Sailor'. Grim streamlined and refined his caricature of Kane for the part. But Dave Fleischer objected, insisting that since Bimbo was a dog, his girlfriend should also be a dog. Grim quickly sketched Betty Boop’s head on a four legged canine body. He held up the drawing next to the pretty girl design, and asked, 'Which would you rather have as your girlfriend? A girl? Or a dog?' Dave laughed and agreed that the pretty girl was the right choice

Grim Natwick:

"In 1930 I created Betty Boop. By brief history is that - uh - I don’t know if you’re interested. I worked for so many studios. I started with a dog with long graceful ears and a cute little collar, but I thought a dog can't sing this song."

Margie Hines the Original Voice of Betty Boop

Margie Hines

At the age of 17 Marjorie Louise Hines won first place in a local Helen Kane impersonation content sponsored by Paramount Pictures which was held in Brooklyn. Hines then went on tour and was seen performing by Billy Murray who found what the Fleischer Studios were seeking in Betty Boop. Margie Hines was the original voice of Betty Boop and portrayed the character in Dizzy Dishes and Barnacle Bill in 1930. The cartoon to follow Barnacle Bill which was Mysterious Mose featured Little Ann Little. Hines continued to do the role in 1931 up until 1932 when a few career opportunities came her way. The role of the character was then taken over by Mae Questel in 1931 and was shared with several other women. Hines continued to portray Betty on radio as shared with Questel and Bonnie Poe and returned to voice the character in 1938 and finished the original series as Betty Boop in 1939. Before Hines entered the entertainment field she was employed as an office worker in New York.

Betty's Origin

Dizzy Dishes Helen Kane Boop Boop A Doop Girl 1930

The as-yet-unevolved Betty Boop is drawn as an anthropomorphic dog. Except for the ears, she resembles Betty Boop in her latest incarnation. Also, she is merely a side character; the main plotline revolves around the incompetent chef Bimbo and the irate gorilla-customer. The character that debuted in Dizzy Dishes was a massive hit that the Fleischer Studios had decided to use her again. David Fleischer had classed Betty as being very ugly in her first appearance so they slowly re-designed her. From the 1930 short Mysterious Mose, Betty had became silmmer and by 1931 she had lost the snout. From 1932 she had became a fully human character. Grim Natwick created Betty Boop he was handed a photograph of 1920s singer & actress Helen Kane and had used Kane as the Base for Betty, Helen later launched a lawsuit over this only to lose because she couldn't prove her claims and her singing style was quite common in the early 20s-30s not to mention that every flapper girl most prominently Clara Bow the "It Girl" had similar hairstyles to Kane. It was later discovered that Helen had taken the scat lyrics from a little known African American performer by the name of Baby Esther. Other claims were that an witness claimed to have heard the phrase uttered in a Edith Griffith song, another defence asked Helen if she had heard a 1914 song called "Bou Dou Ba Da Boum" to which she denied.




  • Was released on the 9th of August in 1930.
  • Betty Boop performs Helen Kane's hit song "I Have to Have You" from the 1929 film Pointed Heels whilst performing on top of a table.
  • The character uses a variety of Boop's and Poop's in song as Boop-Oop-a-Doop wasn't officially used until 1932.
  • Gus the Gorilla another character from the Betty Boop series also appears at the cabaret where he is seen trying to order a roast duck from Bimbo.
  • The cartoon starts of with a group of flapper cats dancing to the crazy jingle theme.
  • At the age of 17 Margie Hines was hired for this one-shot to record a cover of the same song previously sung by Helen Kane.
  • The public's reaction was so great that Paramount urged Fleischer to continue developing this cartoon caricature of Helen Kane.
  • This cartoon is classed as the first Betty Boop cartoon from the Talkartoon series.
  • Helen Kane was flattered when she saw Dizzy Dishes.
  • Betty Boop had become more popular in the 1932 Paramount cartoon Stopping the Show when she had evolved from canine to a human girl.
  • In 1932 Helen had seen Betty Boop in Stopping the Show performing Helen Kane's hit That's My Weakness Now and spoke with her close friends who told her that the cartoon character resembled her. Later Helen had launched a two-way lawsuit against both Paramount Pubix Corporation and the Fleischer Studios claiming that the Boop character featured in the Fleischer Studios series was a deliberate caricature of her and wanted Betty Boop stopped by injunction, Dizzy Dishes was also used as evidence in court.

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