Stopping the Show

Stopping the Show
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Stopping the Show



 Stopping the Show (1932)

Stopping the Show is a 1932 Fleischer Studios animated short, directed by Dave Fleischer. While it is not the first appearance of Betty Boop, it is the first short to be credited as a "Betty Boop" cartoon. Betty Boop appears onstage in a vaudeville theatre. Her act consists of imitations of real-life singers, including Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. The cartoon audience enthusiastically cheers and applauds. Betty Boop's impressions in this episode is a play on Mae Questel's real life impersonations.


  • Billy Boop: "Hey... Mister, ya hat!"
  • Fanny Brice: "Allo Betty maybe you could giving out a little imitation from me no?"
  • Betty Boop: "Okay, Fanny!"
  • Maurice Chevalier: "Can you imitate me Betty Boop? Yes? Then do it and do it right now!"
  • Betty Boop: "Bup-Bup-Boopy!"
  • Betty Boop: "Thank you, thank you, aha!"
  • Betty Boop: "Why I think you're so nice!"
  • Betty Boop: "You're so sweet to me, thank you!"


Cast & Crew


Mae Questel performs three imitations of popular songs from 1930s artists, though some of the songs debuted in the late 1920s. "Sweet Betty" is performed by Gus Wickie.

Helen Kane Scene

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When the short was originally released, it contained a scene where Helen Kane would have originally asked Betty to "imitate" her, but due to the lawsuit between Kane and Fleischer Studios, this was removed and the scene cuts to Betty performing "That's My Weakness Now" on stage. According to historians, the reference was "attempted" to be removed, yet you can see an indication to Helen Kane's likeness on the easel in the background in two scenes.



  • Was released on the 12th of August in 1932.
  • In Stopping the Show, Betty Boop's vaudeville act is based on Mae Questel, who used to mimic and impersonate people (most notably Helen Kane) before she became the voice of Betty Boop. 
  • This is the first episode in the "Betty Boop" series and is credited as "A Betty Boop Cartoon." Before the release of Stopping the Show, Betty had originally appeared in the Talkartoons series.
  • Clips from this cartoon were later reused in Betty Boop's Rise to Fame.
  • While Betty is performing "That's My Weakness Now," her baby brother Billy Boop watches her from the crowd.