While reading through a mailing list I belong to, I came across a link that demonstrates that alternative medicine has been ingrained in popular culture since at least the 1920′s and 1930′s. Indeed, I never realized that that icon of flappers, Betty Boop, practiced homeopathy. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s incontrovertible evidence in the form of a short called Betty Boop, M.D. released in 1932 and perhaps the most bizarre Boop short I’ve ever seen (particularly the last shot, which makes me wonder if acid had actually been invented six years before it was supposedly discovered). Basically, Betty shows up in town as part of a traveling medicine show selling an all-purpose remedy. Look at what the remedy actually turns out to be, and you’ll see that there’s no doubt that Betty Boop was a homeopath!
Of course, if this were 2007, Betty wouldn’t need to travel with all that riff-raff. She could just put up a website and let the marks (I mean customers) come to her. And, of course, the film would probably have been called Betty Boop, N.D., not M.D.
She could keep the cool jazz soundtrack, though.