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The Original Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl.


Helen Kane was a Actress & Singer of the 1920s, as she took on the status of a singing sensation, there were Helen Kane dolls and Helen Kane look-alike contests, appearances on radio and in nightclubs. This cult following reached its peak in late 1928 and stayed there until early 1929. Kane's voice and appearance were the source for The Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick when creating the famous cartoon character Betty Boop.   Although in the early 20s "Presumed to be 1928" just before Helen hit fame.  Helen Kane saw an African American performer by the name of Baby Esther and swiped her singing style and used it in her hit song I Want to Be Loved By You and became a overnight hit.


"I just put it in at one of the rehearsals, a sort of interlude. It's hard to explain - I haven't explained it to myself yet. It's like vo-de-o-do, Crosby with boo-boo-boo, and Durante with cha-cha-cha." For more quotes click Helen Kane Quotes.


Kane recorded 22 songs between 1928 and 1930. After 1930 and up to 1951, she recorded four sides for Columbia in addition to the "Three Little Words" soundtrack single recording of "I Wanna Be Loved by You" She also recorded four songs that comprise a 1954 MGM 45Ep.

The Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl
The Original Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl Comic Strip

In 1933, the Fleischer Studio was negotiating a comic about Betty Boop with King Features Syndicate. They couldn't agree on a price, and Helen Kane stepped in, suggesting a comic based on her name and appearance, entitled The Original Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl by Helen Kane.


Get Out and Get Under the Moon

That's My Weakness Now

I Wanna Be Loved By You

Is There Anything Wrong in That?

Don't Be Like That

Me and the Man in the Moon


Button Up Your Overcoat

I Want to Be Bad

Do Something

That's Why I'm Happy

I'd Do Anything For You

He's So Unusual


I Have To Have You


I'd Go Barefoot All Winter Long

Dangerous Nan Mcgrew

Thank You Father

I Owe You

Reading Ritin Rhythm

I've Got It But It Don't Do Me No Good

My Man Is On The Make

If I Knew You Better


I Wanna Be Loved By You (Three Little Words)


I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Cat

The BeanBag Song

Hug Me! Kiss Me! Love Me!

Aba Daba Honeymoon


When My Sugar Walks Down the Street

When I Get You Alone Tonight

Do Something

That's My Weakness Now


Chameleon Days (1920s Knock-off recorded by Mae Questel who is singing as Helen Kane on radio/record.)


In mid-1929, Paramount Pictures signed Kane to make a series of musicals at a salary as much as $8,000 a week.


Nothing But The Truth (1929)

Sweetie (1929)

Pointed Heels (1929)

Paramount on Parade (1930)

Dangerous Nan Mcgrew (1930)

Heads Up! (1930)


Honey (1929) Scrapped Comedy?

Three of a Kind (Unofficial Release)

Puzzle Wuzzie Was a Bear (1945)

I Wanna Get Married (1945)

G★R★E★E★D★Y ft. Helen Kane (2015)


Dizzy Dishes/Barnacle Bill (Caricature)


A Lesson In Love


Three Little Words


Hollywood on Parade No. A-3 (1932)

Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series), Episode #3.36 (1951)

Toast of the Town (The Ed Sullivan Show) , Episode #6.27 (1953)

You Asked For It (1950's)

I've Got a Secret - 110: 7/18-24 7/21/54 (1954)

The Ed Sullivan Show, A salute to ASCAP (22-Jan-1956)

This Is Your Life (1958)

The Jack Paar Tonight Show (TV Series), Episode #1.226 (1958)

$250,000 Infringement Lawsuit:

In 1930, Fleischer animator Grim Natwick introduced a caricature of Helen Kane, with droopy dog ears and a squeaky singing voice, in the Talkartoons cartoon Dizzy Dishes."Betty Boop". as the character was later dubbed, soon became popular and the star of her own cartoons. In 1932, Betty Boop was changed into a human, the long dog ears becoming hoop earrings. In May 1932, Kane filed a $250,000 suit against Paramount and Max Fleischer, charging unfair competition and wrongful appropriation in the Betty Boop cartoons.

$250000 Infringement lawsuit

Helen Kane News Archive:

Helen Kane in the Newspapers

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Helen Kane the boop-boop-a-doop girl


Helen Kane and other boop.boop.a.doopers

Helen Kane on CD


Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl




The 'Boop-Boop-a-Doop' Girl

Betty Boop Best of Helen Kane

Helen Kane Tributes 1928-2013

Helen Kane was impersonated by Marilyn Maxwell on radio. Bing Crosby commented by saying the Boop style of singing was silly and stated that his Boo Boo Boo was better and had some sense to it. 

In the 1928-1931 African American Coot Grant and Kid Wilson recording transcribed as Poop Poop a Doop , Helen Kane is referenced as a yodel.

In 1930 child singer Baby Rose Marie aspired to be Helen Kane. "I just love to sing on the radio," the tiny miss declared. "I don't think much of opera, and when I tune in I like to hear songs, you know about boopa doops." Baby Rose Marie covered Helen Kane's recording of Don't Be Like That in 1929.

Is given a little shout-out in the 1962 Disney special cartoon A Symposium on Popular Songs. A flapper character known as Bettie Boopie Doop performs a song called Charleston Charlie.

During the 90's Cheryl Chase sung in a one woman show as Helen Kane, From 1995-1998 she recorded five songs as Helen Kane with the Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra

The Skabs 1993-2001 release of "I Thought Wrong" was Helen Ghastly's homage to the original Boop-Boop-a-Doop girl Helen Kane.

In 2004 Cindy Ball played Helen Kane in a tribiute show called "Dont Tell Mama" which was held at 343 W 46th Street (Between 8th and 9th Ave) in New York City, most of Helen Kane's living relatives attended.

From 2008-Current Ginger Pauley sings as Helen Kane live with the Hoosier Daddys and has released an album entitled "Ginger and The Hoosier Daddys That's Why I'm Happy.

Helen Kane References

Helen Kane's music can be heard at Universal Studios in Betty Boop's store, as seen on the Betty Boop Queen of Cartoons DVD. Most of her music had since been re-recorded for the store by Sandy Fox as Betty Boop. From songs such as Do Something, I Want to Be Bad, I Wanna Be Loved By You and That's Why I'm Happy.

In the 1955 film Gentlemen Marry Brunette'sMimi and Mitzi Jones as played by Jane Russell and Jeanne Craig sing I Wanna Be Loved By You in the classic Helen Kane style from the musical Good Boy.  After performing the song as Mimi and Mitzi both Jane and Jeanne then go on to perform the song again as the main characters of the film Bonnie and Connie Jones but this time in a sultry singing type style similar to that of Marilyn Monroe's in Some Like It Hot.

In the 1958 film Some Like It Hot, Marilyn Monroe plays a character called Sugar Kane which is a reference to Helen Kane. Marilyn also performs Helen's signature song I Wanna Be Loved By You.

Bernadette Peters lip-syncs to Helen Kane's original recording of I Wanna Be Bad in the 1981 film Pennies from Heaven.

In 1983 Cyndi Lauper covered Helen Kane's original recording "He's So Unusual" and made it into the title sequence for her Grammy Award wining Album "She's So Unusual" The sung lyrics continue in the background of the song "Yeah Yeah", while the beginning of the song plays before "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" in the song's music video, and also used to do quick Helen Kane impressions before performing live with a ukulele.

In the 1986 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode Help Wanted: Mommy Helen Kane's signature song "I Wanna Be Loved By You" is performed by Miss Miller who alongside the Chipettes are dressed in flapper attire.

In 1984 Actress Molly Ringwald stated that she sing's a lot of Helen Kane stuff otherwise known as Betty Boop.

On March 26, 2013 Helen Kane's recording of "Button Up Your Overcoat" was used in Bioshock Infinite. It can be heard in the Emporia Towers and the abandoned bar

Helen Kane's recording of Me And The Man In The Moon was used in the 2017 film Moon Rock City. 

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