Betty Boop: Rudy Vallee Melodies (Paramount, 1932). Folded...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionBetty Boop: Rudy Vallee Melodies (Paramount, 1932). Folded, Very Fine-. 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. Rudy Vallee 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. Indications of handling include light edge and fold wear, minor fold separations, slight creases, and a few misfolds. Also apparent are pinholes, minute tears, as well as a couple of faint smudges. Folded, Very Fine-.
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000.
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