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    Betty Boop in "Minnie the Moocher"

    Steven Earl

    by Steven Earl

    This classic Betty Boop cartoon was produced in 1932. Music by the Cab Calloway Orchestra.

    This cartoon is the 17th in the Talkartoon series. It is probably one of the most popular Betty Boop cartoons produced.

    The cartoon starts with a performance of "Prohibition Blues" from the Cab Calloway before he became Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.

    "Minnie the Moocher" is from a jazz song first recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra in 1931. It sold over one million copies.

    "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi").

    In his performances, Cab Calloway would have the audience participate by repeating each scat phrase in a form of call and response, eventually Calloway's phrases would become so long and complex that the audience would laugh at their own failed attempts to repeat them.

    Betty Boop's voice is by Mae Questal.

    Producer:Max Fleischer

    Audio/Visual:sound, b/w

    Creative Commons license:Public Domain