Max Fleischer’s I Heard is one of my favorite Betty Boop pre-code cartoons, with one of the best soundtracks the studio ever had. But here’s a little mystery recently brought to my attention by Will Friedwald.
These two audio tracks (below) just showed up on a foreign CD compilation. Says Will, “I’m sending you these two tracks that are clearly pre-recordings for the BETTY BOOP cartoon I Heard (1933). Yes, they’re very different from the commercial 78s, as you can hear, and Mae Questel (I’m pretty sure it’s Mae) sings with Don Redman.”
I don’t know if they are “pre-recordings” per se but, as Friedwald says, these are different from the established Redman recordings – and very close to the Fleischer tracks, sans sound effects…
As I Heard won’t be included in Olive Films forthcoming Betty Boop “Essential Collection” blu-ray releases (Vol. 1 or Vol. 2) – for comparison, here is the Fleischer cartoon itself. If anyone has any information on these mysterious tracks (above), let us know.