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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 on stage 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

  • Mae Questel as Betty Boop, Fanny Brice, Helen Kane, Billy Boop
  • Gus Wickie
  • Maurice Chevalier as himself
  • Max Fleischer (Producer)
  • Adolph Zukor (Executive Producer)
  • Dave Fleischer (Director)
  • Rolland Crandall (Animator)
  • Rudolph Eggeman (Animator)
  • Al Eugster (Animator)

Music

Mae Questel performs three imitations of popular songs from popular artists of the 1930s era, some of the songs debuted in the late 1920s. The title song 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 Helen and The Fleischer Studios the scene was removed which cuts to Betty performing "That's My Weakness Now".  According to historian Ray Pointer the reference was "attempted" to have been removed but 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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