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Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Starring Little Ann Little (voice)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • January 16, 1932 (1932-01-16)
Running time
9 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Boop-Oop-a-Doop is an animated short film created by Fleischer Studios in January 16, 1932 as part of the Talkartoon series.


The short film begins with a giant Betty Boop flag which flies over the big top. Betty works as a lion tamer and a tightrope walker. Another of the other circus attractions is Koko the Clown. While performing on the highwire the villainous ringmaster lusts for Betty as he watches her from below, singing "Do Something," a song previously performed by Helen Kane. As Betty returns to her tent, the ringmaster follows her inside and sensually massages her legs, surrounds her and threatens her job if she does not submit. Betty begs the ringmaster to cease his advances, as she sings "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away". Koko the Clown is outside, practicing his juggling, and hears the struggle. He leaps in to save Betty's virtue, struggling with the ringmaster who loads him into a cannon, firing it, thinking that he has sent the hero away, laughing with self-satisfaction. But Koko is hiding inside the cannon, and strikes the ringmaster out cold with a mallet, returning with "the last laugh". When Koko expresses concern about Betty's welfare, she answers in song, "No, he couldn't take my boop-oop-a-doop away!" The film ends with Koko sweetly kissing Betty on the cheek.

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