Minnie The Moocher (1932) — Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Minnie The Moocher (1932)

Min­nie The Moocher (1932)

CotD: Cab Calloway’s first appear­ance in a Betty Boop car­toon was in 1932’s “Min­nie The Moocher” which begins with actual film footage of Cab Cal­loway danc­ing in front of his orchestra.

Min­nie The Moocher (1932) — Talka­r­toons The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

The film opens with live-action footage of Cab Calloway’s Orches­tra. Cab is strut­ting his famous dance moves. Fed up with her par­ents’ nag­ging, Betty has a fight with her stern Ger­man father. Her father nags so much that his head turns into a talk­ing machine. She resolves to run away with Bimbo.

They’re in the woods when the sun goes down. It’s really spooky. Sud­denly, a ghostly wal­rus appears and begins to sing “Min­nie the Moocher.” The ghost wal­rus’ move­ments were traced from a live-action film of Calloway’s danc­ing. The wal­rus has all of Cab’s patented moves.

All of the ghosts and gob­lins in the cave dig the wal­rus’ music. There are spooks every­where! Betty and Bimbo run home. Betty’s glad to be in her nice, safe bed.

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