This week's Saturday Night Special is probably one of the most interesting and provocative of all of Betty Boop's cartoons. "Time On My Hands" was another cartoon made by The Fleischer Brothers in 1932, and has me completely convinced that early cartoons were made for adults, and not children.
"Time On My Hands" is a krazy cartoon that opens with this fisherman doing his fisherman thing! Take note that this fisherman is fishing in what appears to be a lake, not the ocean.
The fisherman's bait is not happy!
In a rather risque move, for the role of the mermaid, they decided to have Betty be topless, even though the fishes have dresses on. I guess it makes about as much sense as having a water pump underwater.
Despite being topless, it's been pretty tame so far, then Betty The Mermaid amps up the sexy factor a bit!
The fisherman finally gets a bite, but he's caught a lot more than he bargained for, and slings Betty all across the landscape!
Now, if none of that was weird enough for you, at this point, through the miracle of Hollywood, Betty The Mermaid turns into the full blown Ethel Merman, and she sings "Time On My Hands," that had music written by Vincent Youmans, the man who wrote "Tea For Two," a song that has been used in movies up until last year. The lyrics were written by Harold Adamson and Mack Gordon who between the two of them have a uncanny amount of credits for lyrics in the movies and TV at 853.
Fleeing the octopus, Betty and her new boyfriend are then eaten by a giant fish that turns into this giant flying fish. If you look close, you can see them peering out the window in the side of the fish.
Within two years, the Hays Code would be initiated for films and would be in effect until 1968, and it would be a long time before viewers would have a chance to see anything this offensive again.
According to IMDB, there's going to be a new feature called "Betty Boop, The Movie" coming out some day, but there is basically zero information besides this picture!