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.
Sept.-Oct. 1936 (click thumbnails to enlarge)
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)