Continuing with my series filling in the gaps of the 1934 Iwerks' Studio Willie Whopper cartoon 'Hell's Fire' from two of the existing 16mm versions: 'Masquerade Holiday' and 'Vulcan Entertains'.
After Mr. Hyde there is a terrible cut that used to drive me crazy. What is it? What's supposed to happen here?
Aha - a prohibition gag! Seems like 'Masquerade Holiday' may have been edited for references to drinking and smoking which doesn't leave much in a cartoon like this!
The little devils dump 'Old Man Prohibition' in front of The Devil and Co. They laugh.
The song now makes sense in relation to prohibition.
The Devil: "So you're the guy who's always dry. You think you're awfully hot?"
A chorus made up of: Mr. Hyde, Nero, Napoleon and Willie. Also a little devil.
Chorus: "He thinks he's awfully hot!"
Little Devil: "He thinks he's awfully hot!"
Can't decipher a couple of words from the next line. Can anyone tell me?
The Devil: "I'm glad we met for your (two words unintelligible). I've got you on the spot!"
Note - Thad has graciously provided the answer. It's: "
I'm glad we met for you're all wet"
Chorus: "He's got him on the spot!"
Little Devil: "He's got him on the spot"
I was surprised that an entire verse was missing - again relating to alcohol
The Devil (rubbing hands): "This guy is dry. We'll make him cry on good ol' bootleg rye!"
He finishes by stifling a burp.
Chorus: "Good ol' bootleg rye!"
Little Devil "Good ol' bootleg rye!"
Everybody (in unison): "Good ol' boot-leg ryyye!"
Next up: a strange cut from "Vulcan Entertains"!