House Cleaning Blues
Betty Boop series
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Voices by Mae Questel (as Betty Boop-uncredited)
Jack Mercer (as Grampy-uncredited)
Music by Sammy Timberg
Animation by Eli Brucker
David Tendlar
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) January 15, 1937
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 6mins
Language English

House Cleaning Blues is a 1937 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop, and featuring Grampy.


Betty wakes up after the morning after her birthday party. The house is a shambles, and Betty is not looking forward to cleaning up. She sings the title song while struggling with her chores. Grampy shows up to take Betty out for a drive, but Betty can't leave until everything is tidy.

Grampy literally puts on his thinking cap (a mortarboard with a lightbulb on top), and invents a host of labor-saving devices: a cuckoo clock powered dishwasher, a combination bicycle and floor scrubber, and a player piano that folds laundry. In no time at all, the dancing inventor has the house spic and span, just in time to take Betty for a spin in his automobile (which features a built-in soda fountain).


  • This is the first episode in which Betty doesn't have a separated layer of her hair shown.

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