Millennium Presents: Hellzapoppin'
Headlining is Stopping the Show, the first Betty Boop creation to be given full credit as a "Betty Boop Cartoon" (previously Ms. Boop had only provided back-up in other features). Stopping the Show (1932, dir. Dave Fleischer, 8 min.) features Ms. Boop showing off her incredible vocal talents (including impressions of her inspiration Helen Kane, Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier) while of course exuding the characteristic sexual charm that highlighted her performances before the Production Code of 1934 got to her!
Following Ms. Boop's show stopper, we will actually continue the show by taking a plunge into the underworld, or at least into questionable comedy, with Hellzapoppin' (1941, dir. H.C. Potter, 84 min.). Based on a successful 4th-wall-busting Broadway musical, Hellzapoppin' features stage actors Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, singer Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert (whose laugh inspired Daffy Duck's notable guffaw), tons of visual gags, and a much-talked-about Lindy Hop scene. Hellzapoppin' defied the odds when it was nominated for an Academy Award for the song "Pig Foot Pete" - mostly because that song was actually used in the Abbott & Costello film Keep 'Em Tryin', which also employed Martha Raye and the Hellzapoppin'songwriters Hellzapoppin'walked away Oscar-less that year, but its riffs and jabs live on!
Location: Brooklyn Fireproof gallery
119 Ingraham (ground level near the cafe)
$8 Suggested Donation