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Betty Boop's Ups And Downs Cartoons Picture Betty Boop's Ups And Downs1932 FL3231
Fleischer Studios
 featuring Betty Boop, Bimbo, Saturn, Mars, Venus, Two Housewives.

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Betty Boop's Ups And Downs


Comments by: Rating: 8 out of 10 stars Posted: November 26, 2004

Celestial Auction

In what looks to be a classic case of Depression-era real-estate blues, Betty puts up the farm for sale - but it turns up the whole country . . nay the world is up on the block. In a brilliant piece of Fleischer fantasy, the other planets cluster around as the moon auctions off the earth to the lowest bidder, which turns out to be Saturn in what appears to be a piece of ethnic stereotyping -- the schnozz and accent mark Saturn out as a Jewish figure. Having pocketed the planet, Saturn suspends gravity and everything flies up in the sky. What's a girl to do? This is vintage betty, with garter intact.
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Betty Boop's Ups And Downs


Comments by: Rating: 8 out of 10 stars Posted: November 26, 2002

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Betty's house is for sale and Bimbo in his horse drawn wagon helps here move.
As they pull away her house gradually falls apart, with each time the for sale sign price lowers. We pan to the block, it's for sale, the USA is for sale and finally the earth. The auction for the earth starts with the music for London Bridge is falling down. Mars bids, he has a plumed war helmet. Venus bids, she has a flapper type hat and finally Saturn wins with the low bid(?). Saturn is an old Jew in a strawbrim hat (!).
Saturn states in a Yiddish accent that "I'll pull gravity out of the Oith (!) to see vat happens! Saturn grabs Earth's gravity which is a horseshoe magnet.
"Vat" happens is predictible. Everybody falls up. Betty and Bimbo in the wagon, houses with gossiping Jewish housewifes, and so on. Earth's magnet is stuck to Saturn as he revolves around the Earth.
Earth grabs the magnet back and things start crashing back down. As the houses fall around Betty she sings "Any old place upon this Earth is home sweet home to me". Very typical urban Fleischer, with characters seen on any New York street.
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