Inflation & Depression - Ups and Downs!
Betty Boop's Ups and Downs: - A visual picture of an inflationary boom - followed by a very big bust, as everything comes back down to Earth!
The animated film starts with Betty Boop losing her house, and it being put up for sale - along with first the neighbourhood, and then all of North America, and then the entire Earth!
There is a great sequence as Betty's empty house keeps trying to repair itself as it falls apart, and the big "For Sale" sign at the front, keeps getting marked down, from $10,000 to $8,000 to $4,000 and finally to: "What have you got?". This cartoon was made in 1932, and these prices reflect pretty much exactly what house-sellers and those trying to sell falling shares, saw happen to the quoted prices in the real-estate and stock markets.
The Moon acts to auction off the whole Earth itself - to the other planets. Mars bids 50, and the Moon considers this too low. Then Venus bids 40, and the Moon won't sell. Finally, old Saturn (shown as an old Jew, pretty much like what young Fleischer would have remembered from growing up in New York), bids 20, and the Moon gives up, and sells.
The old Jew (Saturn) buys the Earth at lowest bid (in a falling market), and decides to pull out "gravity" (shown as the Earth's Magnet), and everything floats up in the air! (Like real-estate prices ...). But this puts everyone and everything floating out of control, and even the old Jew goes into out-of-control orbit around the Earth - which finally reaches out, and pulls back in, it's own "Magnet", and thus restores gravity. The Earth saves itself. Rather like it has always managed to do... :)
Everything comes falling back down to Earth (like prices did in the 1930's), and a whole bunch of houses and buildings fall (harmlessly) on Betty Boop - including, as the last one, a New York skyscraper, which she rides in a elevator up to the top of, bursts thru the roof, and sings "Anyplace on Earth, is home sweet home to me!", and we have a happy ending, as Betty gets all the houses and buildings she could want.