Bit of a downer after last week’s variety… Back to Popeye and Betty only. But we’ll be seeing more Fleischer faces in weeks to come.
The May 4, 1938 installment is the most foreboding gag we’ll ever see in this series. It works on the “cute” level that Betty is concerned she won’t get her fair share of her cartoons’ profits from Uncle Max. But really, it had to be known at this point within the studio that Betty was getting to be something of a chestnut and she wouldn’t be Boop-Oop-a-Dooping much longer. Pension, anyone?
At the time though, Paramount Sales News had to sell these things, so that reading of the panel may be way off. The Betty series probably needed all the hawking it could get, whereas Popeye’s greatness seemed unstoppable.
May-June 1938 (click image to enlarge)
ABOVE: The short that received a “good hand after each showing” at the Regent Theatre in Detroit Michigan – The Foxy Hunter (released November 26th 1937). Betty Boop is only in about 60 seconds of the seven and a half minute film – typical of her true status at this point.
BELOW: Two shorts released by Paramount during the period the cartoons above appeared in print. First up, Popeye in Plumbing Is A “Pipe” (released June 17th 1938)
BELOW: By popular demand, Fleischer’s Academy Award nominee for 1938, the Color Classic, Hunky and Spunky (released June 24th, 1938). Enjoy!