Betty Boop Scandals of 1974
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Betty Boop's Scandals of 1974
Betty Boop's Scandals of 1974 is a vinyl album that was produced by George Garabedian, It was released by Mark56 Records in 1974. The album is a compilation of musical cartoons from the Max Fleischer studios featuring the doll-faced flapper Betty Boop, with liner notes from Leslie Cabarga. With a "Boop-Oop-a-Doop" and a "Hi-De-Ho", the Fleischer cartoons charmed their way into the hearts of American audiences of the 1930s. This collection of excerpts from the soundtrack of the Betty Boop and Screen Song cartoons serves not only as a choice selection of the wonderful music of the depression era but also as a chronicle of the moods of the period. In the early days of sound film production the inventive Fleischers hit on the idea of using store brought 78 recordings as soundtracks. Many early Talkartoons such as Swing You Sinners were made in this manner. It wasn't long however, before the musicians union put a stop the the practice. Like the musical accompaniment supplied by an organist for the silent films, cartoon music consists of many different compositions strung together to create the proper mood with each twist of plot. The Fleischers were fortunate to be in association with Paramount Pictures and to have free use of the song hits made popular in their feature films. Scattered throughout the Fleischer cartoons can be heard bits of "Love Thy Neighbor," "Please," "Thanks For the Memory," and others. And not only did the Fleischers take advantage of Paramount's studio musicians, recording technicians, and copyrighted musical compositions, but their musical acts such as Stoopnagle and Budd and Cab Calloway, Ethel Merman, Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers also added their talents to the Fleischer cartoons. In order to induce these acts to appear in the Fleischer cartoons at a reduced rate, Paramount arranged to have the Fleischer cartoon with the act featured play each town a wee before the act was due for its personal appearance there. This greatly enhanced the box office receipts. Cab Calloway was a favorite with the Fleischers and has a total of three appearances to his credit. When Calloway first saw himself as a ghost walrus in Minnie the Moocher he laughed so hard he fell off his seat. Mae Questel, who supplied Betty Boop's voice, was a mimic with the ability to imitate virtually anyone. Via her talents Betty is heard to imitate Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. Every Boop cartoon features Betty in the spotlight singing one of her cute and coy numbers. Some of them were most overt in their connotations such as when Betty pleads, "Don't take my Boop-Oop-a-Doop away!" We think you will find Betty Boop as charming as irresistible as did the audiences of the last depression.
- Betty Boop's Scandals of 1974 (Amazon)