Is My Palm Read (1933) — Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Is My Palm Read Betty Boop Cartoon

Is My Palm Read Betty Boop Cartoon

CotD: A great exam­ple of how racy a pre-Hayes Code short could be, “Is My Palm Read” fea­tures Betty Boop in her birth­day suit. Don’t believe us– watch it.

Is My Palm Read (1933) — Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bimbo the fortune-teller tries to score with Betty Boop. As she enters the house, the lights are changed so as to see Betty’s sil­hou­ette through her dress, upon which Bimbo and Koko remark “Hi-dee-ho!”

In his crys­tal ball, Bimbo shows Betty “the gone-by days of your naked youth,” bring­ing up a scene of a very young (and nude!) Betty tak­ing a bath. Then the crys­tal ball reveals Betty cast adrift on the ocean, and land­ing on a haunted jun­gle island, where she removes her wet clothes, loses them, and finds tree leaves to cover her­self. Bimbo con­jures up a “for­tune” in which he res­cues the ship­wrecked Betty. “My hero!” squeaks Betty… but Bimbo turns out to be a bet­ter prophet than he thought, as an unsa­vory group of ghosts boil out of the crys­tal ball and chase Betty and Bimbo through a jun­gle that appears out of nowhere.

The pair finally evade their pur­suers through one of the ear­li­est uses of the old “hol­low log over the cliff” trick (these appar­ently being the world’s least buoy­ant ghosts).

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