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Betty Boop's Penthouse (1933)

While Bimbo and Koko admire Betty, their experiment becomes a monster.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Cat / Parrot (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Murray Billy Murray ... Bimbo (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bimbo and Koko work on explosive and monster formulas in a lab, but one of the latter gets out of hand while they're distracted by Betty exercising on the roof next door. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chemistry Cartoon See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jack Mercer's first film. See more »

Soundtracks

When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)
(uncredited)
Written by Val Burton and Will Jason
Played during the opening credits
Also played when Betty is showering
Also sung by Betty while tending her flowers
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Wonderful jazzy score is just one highlight here out of many!
24 July 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

As a general rule, when I comment on things, I try to avoid saying too much specific about plot, scenes, et cetera, while trying to give anyone reading my comment a basic idea of the feel of the film or short so they can decide if it might be their cup of tea, so to speak. Occasionally, I run into something I want to describe a bit more specifically, but I'll still try not to spoil anything. I may still let too much spill here. You have been warned.

This starts out with Bimbo and Koko playing Mad Scientist. They get distracted by Betty and start watching her instead of the stuff in the lab and an experiment goes awry. Shades of Boris Karloff as the experiment sets out to make Betty his Elsa Lanchester. Sight gags set in time to a great jazz score, some of them things that would have been unacceptable to the Hays Office a year or so later (one in particular that I'll remember the rest of my life!) and an ending that's incredibly silly, but fun to watch. This has everything an early Fleischer Boop should have-surreal sight gags, a little risque material (though tame today), great music and the unexpected. One thing I'll never know, though: did James Whale ever see this and I wonder what he thought of it if he did. 11 on a scale of 10. In print and available. Most highly and gleefully recommended.


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