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    Betty Boop: Rudy Vallee Melodies (Paramount, 1932). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    If you think Mae West had all the pre-Code fun, think again. The antics in the animated parts of this Paramount "Screen Song" eleven-minute short would never have been filmed after the Production Code took over. At the opening, Betty Boop stands waist-high in a giant punchbowl and serves drinks. What follows is four minutes of surreal and politically incorrect behavior. Rudy Vallee finally appears in a live-action sequence and sweetly sings several songs. At the finale, Betty Boop retires to bed. She blows Vallee a kiss and turns the light off, but you can still see her in silhouette. Vallee sings her a goodnight song, and from the dark we hear low-throated "oooh's" and "aahhh's" from Betty. Needless to say, this short wasn't played after 1934, making the paper obsolete and this surviving copy all the rarer. The example offered here is in an amazing original condition given its scarcity and age. There are top corner pinholes, minor edge wear, and a small centerfold separation. For any true lover of Golden Age Animation, Betty Boop or just pre-Code hijinks. Very Fine.


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    July, 2011
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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