Errors/Mistakes Log

General Betty Boop Wikia mistakes and errors. Including rare information and misinformation.

Voice of Betty Boop For Three 1938 Cartoons???

There are three candidates for VO in three Betty Boop cartoons, who possibly provided the vocals. Those cartoons include Pudgy and the Lost Kitten, Pudgy the Watchman and Buzzy Boop. The three candidate VO artists are Kate Wright, who was originally credited but never actually voiced Betty in the earlier cartoons. The other two are Little Ann Little and June Albrezzi. It is unknown which one of the three actually provided the vocals because they all sound alike. Kate Wright was interviewed in 1937, and could not give "one" Betty Boop episode in which she voiced Betty. Whereas Ann Little would consistently"lie" and say that she had always voiced Betty Boop. June Albrezzi another "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" girl said that she had voiced cartoon character "Betty Boop" in three cartoons for Max Fleischer and was also featured in a Famous Studios cartoon. These individuals voices are hard to distinguish because all three women used a really "nasally" voice for Betty, and they sound alike. Betty's other voices Mae Questel, Margie Hines and Bonnie Poe have already been identified.

Did Helen Kane Use Betty Boop's Image Without Permission?

Helen Kane Betty Boop 1935 Brooklyn Fox

Yes, possibly to spite the Fleischer Studios for losing the lawsuit. The posters feature a photo of Betty Boop and it says "Helen Kane, the Original Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl" on them. Max Fleischer did not pursue her legally for this. It is possible that Kane deliberately did this to get a reaction from the Fleischers, hoping that they would take her back to court. As Kane had previously lost "several appeals" to stop the "Betty Boop" character by injunction.

Margie Hines Voiced Betty Boop in the Earlier Cartoons Not Ann Little

Margie Hines

There is a major mistake with Margie Hines' credits that was featured on the Betty Boop Wikia that have now been recently resolved which has now been update as of November 2019. According to rare lawsuit transcripts, Hines voiced Betty Boop from 1930-1931. Hines recorded all of the 1932 dialogue for the cartoons in 1931 before she stopped voicing characters for the Fleischer Studios.

Mae Questel took on the role in 1931 and shared that role with Hines up until Hines retired. Hines then signed a contract with the Van Beuren Studios in 1932 to exclusively voice Betty Boop rip-off Countess Cat.

Little Ann Little a "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" singer who debuted in 1930 voiced Betty in the cartoons in 1933. Ann was "not" the voice of Betty Boop in 1930, she was a "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" girl and did her "Boop" act on stage[1] and on radio. Ann can be heard in Betty Boop's Big Boss, Betty Boop's May Party, Betty Boop's Birthday Party.

Mae Questel and Margie Hines Betty Boop Voices Originals 1931-1932

According to the Fleischer Studios, in some of the pictures they would record twice, before they start, once, and sometimes after they finished. In one case, they believed that Margie Hines sang before the cartoon, and the cartoon ended with Mae Questel finishing the role, indicating two people portraying the same character in the same cartoon.

The Old Man of the Mountain (1933)

Old Man of the Mountain 1933 Cast

The Betty Boop Wikia was always 100% correct when stating that both Bonnie Poe and Mae Questel shared the role of Betty in The Old Man of the Mountain. Poe did the general voice-over, and Questel did the singing with Cab Calloway in that one cartoon.

It is unknown why Bonnie Poe didn't do the singing (as she normally would do) in this particular cartoon. But this has been done by the Fleischers in many other of the Fleischer Studios' animated cartoons, in which roles would be shared by multiple actors or actresses. All of which "uncredited" in the cartoons. In the Betty Boop cartoons, voice-over artists are rarely credited, the only people who were credited were the producers, directors and head animators. 

Was Baby Esther a Helen Kane Impersonator?

Helen Kane Impersonator NOPE Actual Lawsuit Document Clipping

The answer to this is no. Baby Esther Jones was a Florence Mills impersonator, not a Helen Kane impersonator. During the lawsuit it came out that Esther Jones had performed similar songs to Kane, that Kane had as hits. But those songs were recorded by a galaxy of performers. Esther according to witnesses had been "scat singing since 1925," so it was only natural for her to scat sing in the MGM musical short[2] in which Jones appeared. Information of Esther being a Helen Kane impersonator is a "fabrication" that was spread by on social media by a Helen Kane fan club to try and change what really happened as they felt that only they were entitled to read the lawsuit documents. But since then the documents have now been made that "anyone" can view them as of request. According to the $250,000 Infringement Lawsuit documents, Helen Kane's attorney Samuel Weltz claimed that the footage of Baby Esther singing was irrelevant, incompetent and immaterial and stated that Esther Jones was a Helen Kane impersonator. He was denied by the court.

Booping Is Traced Back to Wha-Da-Da 1st of May 1934

The truth is that Esther Jones "who had no problem with Helen Kane" and did "not" label herself a "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" girl or lay claim to the "Boop" was actually giving "tribute" to Helen Kane in the lost 1928 "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer" flicker, as she had previously met Kane, and or Kane had seen Esther on the stage at the Everglades, as both Kane and Jones shared the same booking agent Tony Shayne. This was backed up by Lou Bolton who had "done business" with Shayne in 1928. Bolton claimed that both Kane and Shayne were present at the Everglades. When Helen Kane was asked if she was at the Everglades, she claimed that she "could not remember" and gave vague answers in court. In history Kane is said to have been "inspired" by the "scatting" that Esther had interpolated in her act which was a "common method" of singing. This method of singing was used previously by Shuffle Along scarlets Gertrude Saunders, Josephine Baker, Cab Calloway's sister Blanche Calloway, Mae Barnes and Florence Mills. Being as Jones was a Florence Mills impersonator, it will "tell you" who Jones was impersonating on the stage. And it is also listed in several news articles dating back to 1928 that Jones was doing a "Mills" impersonation on the stage and does "not" reference Helen Kane. Things went sour in "1932" when Kane decided to sue Betty Boop creators the Fleischer Studios and Paramount Pictures for allegedly "cashing in" on her act and "duplicating her" in cartoon form.

Clara Bow Betty Boop 2

But in court it came out that Kane was not the "sole" originator of any of the gimmicks that she "lay claim" and that her image was that of Clara Bow, as Kane was a protégé of Bow. Paul Ash had "told Kane to emulate" Bow earlier on in her career, this information directly from Paul Ash is also archived in old newspapers. Kane's demise also came about when she "allowed" impersonation and was actively "seeking" a double throughout the 1920s and 1930s. She got a double in cartoon form, but couldn't handle the competition, so she sued and lost when it was proven that she wasn't as original as she had claimed. By 1930, Kane was not a fan of Clara Bow, and was "enraged" when Gloria Swanson stated that Clara Bow was the "REAL" beauty among film stars.[3] Also another major comparison between Bow and Boop is they share the titles "La Bow" and "La Boop" and were both redheads.[4]