The Late Movies: Betty Boop

Erica Palan

Eighty-one years ago today, Betty Boop made her debut on the big screen. Known as one of the first animated sex symbols, Boop cartoons became popular for being shown before full-length films in theaters during the 1930s. Here, we've rounded up clips of some of her most memorable (and, um, least offensive) performances to celebrate the anniversary.

Dizzy Dishes

Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in this cartoon, the sixth installment in creator Max Fleischer's Talkartoon series

Minnie the Moocher

This video features the earliest-known footage of Cab Calloway and His Orchestra and is named for the band's famous song.

Sally Swing

Betty Boop is auditioning bandleaders for a swing dance and stumbles upon a talented cleaning lady who resembles Betty Grable.

House Cleaning Blues

In this clip, Betty is not a big fan of tidying up her abode after a party.

Service With a Smile

Grampy lends a hand when Betty gets herself in a pickle managing the Hi-De-Ho-tel.

Betty for President

We want Betty!