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September 15, 2014 posted by

Fleischer Promo Art #16: “Betty Slays ‘Em!”

Did Paramount Sales News get sent to exhibitors around the globe, I wonder? Paramount had its international news trade, but I suspect even these crossed the border regularly, since Fleischer Studios wouldn’t have pointed out its cartoons’ international popularity to an exclusively American readership.

Oct. 21st’s is a throwback to the pre-code classic, Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle, complete with natives and the navel Shamus Culhane couldn’t draw on Betty in the actual film. Obviously, non-U.S. moviegoers were still enjoying the original Boop.

While chatting with Steve Stanchfield in-person last week, we agreed that these later panels look like the work of Orestes Calpini, who was fast becoming a Fleischer animation stalwart in Willard Bowsky’s unit.

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Here are a few samples of what cartoon shorts the Paramount salesmen were pushing to theaters at the time these promotional pieces appeared in print.

GRAMPY’S INDOOR OUTING (October 16th 1936)

HOLD THE WIRE (October 23rd 1936)

3 Comments

  • The Popeye voice cast really gets to deliver in this one, it’s packed with funny toss-offs.
    Olive: “Your spinach, Popeye!”
    Popeye: “I never thought of that!”

    Also like the final scene with the swaying telephone pole.

  • Thad:
    Entertaining post! Did Jack Mercer do the Grampy character? I can’t find any voice credits except for Mae Questel And the Popeye short is cleverly written!
    Bluto:(singing) Did ja ever see a man falling?
    Popeye:(singing) Well you will!

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