Mysterious Mose

November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mysterious Mose is a 1930 Fleischer Studios Talkartoon animated short released through Paramount Pictures. It was released in late December the same year. This film contains an early version of Betty Boop and the studio’s star, Bimbo.

Mysterious Mose was a song from early 1930, first performed by Walter Doyle and his Orchestra. There are numerous recordings of the song, including Cliff Perrine and his Orchestra.

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First there was Walter Doyle’s song: “Mysterious Mose” was recorded by several bands in the spring of 1930, several months before this film was released. It’s a great, jaunty minor-key tune with a Halloween-ish atmosphere, all about a ghostly character who roams the land and scares everyone silly. Then — on 27th December, 1930 came David Fleischer’s cartoon movie, where Betty Boop (with dog’s ears) can’t sleep on a scary night, so she sings the title song – and meets the gentleman in question…a surreal version of Bimbo.

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Nuff said, enjoy one true hit from the golden days in a couple of different recordings from the era + one recent[ish]

  • The Radio All Star Novelty Orchestra, Brunswick A 8723 / E 32458., New York, March 1930.
  • Rube Bloom & His Bayoo Boys, Columbia 2186-D, New York, April 9, 1930.
  • Cliff Perrine & His Orch., Gennett 1930
  • R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders, 1976

 

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the animated 30s short

 

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