Film company being sued for $250,000. When children on the streets of Hollywood hailed her as Betty Boop, Helen Kane realised she was losing her true identity, and when she realised that she also realized she must do something to stop the disappearance of Helen Kane from the public consciousness.
This, or something very much like it, was the gist of a statement which Miss Kane made to newspaper men today while she waited to press her suit for $250,000 alleged damages againt Max Fleischer, Fleischer Studios and Paramount Publix Corporation. The suit went to trial soon afterward before Supreme Court Justice Edward J. McGoldrick without a jury.
The court room presendted a confusing spectacle when Justice McGoldrick took the bench. Miss Kane sat with her counsel at the counsel table and her identity for that reason was quite plain to all present, but behind the guard rail things were not so well regulated so far as identities were concerned.
One group of three girls was particulary interesting since each girl looked like the others in the trio and each in turn looked so very much like Miss Kane. It is charged that these girls - Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, and Margie Hines - simulate Miss Kane's baby voiced "Boop-Boop-a-Doops" for the Betty Boop cartoons manufactured by Fleischer Studios.
The girls deny they simulate the voice of anybody. Also scattered about the court room were two or three other girls who bore a resemblance to Miss Kane, or pehaps they resembled, Bonnie, Margie or Mae.
Who they were and why they were here was not made clear up to the noon recess. Somebody guessed it was just coincidence. The trial opened with Justice McGoldrick ruling that the sole issue to be determined was whether te defendants had used Miss Kane's name or picture for advertising the Betty Boop cartoons.
Attorneys in the case set forth that the court would have to decide whether a caricature is a picture and whether Betty Boop is popularly believed to represent Miss Kane, who claims she orginated the Boop-a-Doop style of singing.