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Stopping the Show
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Name

Stopping the Show

Stopping the Show is a 1932 Fleischer Studios animated short, directed by Dave Fleischer. While it is not the first appearance of Betty Boop, it is the first short to be credited as "A Betty Boop Cartoon." Betty Boop appears onstage in a vaudeville theatre. Her act consists of imitations of real-life singers, including Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. The cartoon audience enthusiastically cheers and applauds.

Quotes

  • Billy Boop: "Hey ya hat!"
  • Fanny Brice: "Allo Betty maybe you could giving out a little imitation from me no?"
  • Betty Boop: "Okay Fanny!"
  • Maurice Chevalier: "Can you imitate me Betty Boop? Yes? Then do it and do it right now!"
  • Betty Boop: "Bup-Bup-Boopy!"
  • Betty Boop: "Thank you, thank you, aha!"
  • Betty Boop: "Why I think you're so nice!"
  • Betty Boop: "You're so sweet to me, thank you!"

Characters

Cast & Crew

Music

Mae Questel performs three imitations of popular songs from 1930s artists, though some of the songs debuted in the late 1920s. "Sweet Betty" is performed by Gus Wickie.

Music/Betty Boop's Impersonations

Helen Kane scene removed from Stopping the Show

When the short was originally released, it contained a scene where Helen Kane would have originally asked Betty to "imitate" her, but, due to the lawsuit between Kane and Fleischer Studios, this was removed and the scene cuts to Betty performing "That's My Weakness Now".  According to historian Ray Pointer, the reference was "attempted" to be removed, yet you can see an indication to Helen Kane's likeness on the easel in the background in two scenes.

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Trivia

  • Clips from this cartoon were later reused in Betty Boop's Rise to Fame.
  • While Betty is performing "That's My Weakness Now", her baby brother Billy Boop appears to be watching her in the crowd.

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