St.-James-Infirmary-Blues

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Koko the Clown sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” in Betty Boop’s Snow White.


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i’m in love with this

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Cab Calloway singing “St. James Infirmary Blues” in Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoon, Snow White (1933).

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“In the Betty Boop short film "Snow White”, Koko the Clown (voiced by Cab Calloway) sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” when he believes Betty Boop is dead. Cab Calloway’s voice is unique and specially eerie for this song. Koko’s dancing during the “St. James” number is rotoscoped from footage of Calloway.“

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Koko the Clown sings “St. James Infirmary Blues”

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Koko the Clown sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” in Betty Boop’s Snow White (by rahree)

One of my favorite scenes in animation history.

The year is 1933. It’s a short, two minute-ish scene from Betty Boop's Snow White from the Fleischer Studios. Max Fleischer invented the rotoscope process. Roland Crandall was the animator of the film. Cab Calloway was filmed singing “St. James Infirmary Blues,” and rotoscoped, transforming into Koko the Clown.

Watch.

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Koko the Clown (voiced by Cab Calloway) sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” in the Betty Boop short film “Snow White” (1933).

I’m so weirdly addicted to this video. Cab Calloway’s voice is perfect in this song and it’s so strange and trippy and melty that I can’t stop watching it.

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Let her go, let her go, oh bless her,

wherever she may be.

She will search this wide world over,

but she’ll never find another sweet man like me.

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From “Snow White” (1933)