Director: Dave Fleischer
Release Date: July 29, 1932
Stars: Betty Boop, Ethel Merman
The cartoon opens with a cat being released from prison. He immediately sneaks into a house, emptying a fridge and almost eating a fish, the fish’s wife and his children. But then the owner enters, who turns out to be Betty Boop with a shotgun.
Soon the cat is back in prison again, where he reads the newspaper, with the picture of Ethel Merman in it, who immediately starts singing. The second chorus is accompanied by several prison gags, culminating in a jailbreak. In the end we watch four escaped convicts singing the song in a streetcar, all on electric chairs…
‘You try Somebody Else’ is a typical, yet mediocre Screen Song. Despite Betty Boop’s short cameo in the introduction, the second chorus is the most interesting part to watch, with its combination of silly and morbid gags.
Watch ‘You try Somebody Else’ yourself and tell me what you think:
‘You try Somebody Else’ is available on the French DVD Box Set ‘Betty Boop Coffret Collector’