Is My Palm Read

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Is My Palm Read
Betty Boop series
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Voices by Mae Questel (Additional)
Ann Rothschild
(Betty Boop)
Animation by David Tendlar
William Henning
Studio Fleischer Studios
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) February 17, 1933
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 7 mins
Language English

Is My Palm Read is a 1933 Pre-Code Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop, and featuring Koko the Clown and Bimbo.

Synopsis[edit]

Betty visits Bimbo the fortune teller for some advice, but Bimbo is only interested in making time with Betty. Bimbo's crystal ball predicts that Betty will be shipwrecked on a desert isle (during which time she sings part of the Irving Berlin song All by Myself), and attacked by evil spirits resembling poltergeists, but rescued by Bimbo. When Bimbo reveals himself by removing his fake beard, a happy Betty embraces him. Unfortunately, a group of the ghosts from the vision burst in on this scene, and chase the two to the desert isle. Betty and Bimbo eventually escape from the ghosts by tricking them into going off a cliff into the sea.

Alternate versions[edit]

This short was hand-colorized for a 1970s re-release. Colorized prints are missing several scenes, including three risqué ones;

  • A strategically paled light reveals Betty's nude outline under her dress
  • Bimbo's crystal ball shows a nude baby Betty taking a bath
  • The waves that wash Betty to shore on an island spank her once. Then she walks ashore and takes off her wet outer clothes out of sight behind what appears to be a boulder, but it turns out to be a turtle that sticks out its head and legs and walks off, exposing Betty in her underwear and bra. She blushes and runs behind some shrubs, where she puts on a skirt made of palm leaves (with her bra exposed) before reappearing.

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