The Movie (or Short Cartoon, whatevs)
If you're like me and have read a few animation books or are an animation dork, you'll know that a favorite pastime of most rabid, slavering fans of the Rabbit (e.g. me) is to recount cartoons blow-by-blow, crafting descriptions of every single gag and anvil drop with loving detail. If you are in to this type of thing, one of the best places to find your cartoons recounted with good humor and an insight into animation history is in Joe Adamson's 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare - I have had this book since I was pretty young and still consider it to be the best Bugs reference out there. Anyway, I will try to avoid this bad and surprisingly common habit, but make no guarantees!
What Is A 'Bobby-Soxer' Anyway?
|Oh, Frankie! "On the opening day of his engagement the crowd waiting for admission early in the morning got out of hand; shop windows were smashed, police and ambulances had to be summoned." - The Guardian. 1.10.1945|
Other bobby soxer notes: The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer was made by RKO in 1947, starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple as Susan the soxer. Chuck Berry recorded Go Bobby Soxer in 1964, a bit late to really catch the height of the craze. This song has one of my new favorite song lines (see end of first verse):
And the bobby soxer's doing the twist
It's a bobby soxer beat
And you can rock it any way you wish
Work out, bobby soxer, you can
Wiggle like a whimsical fish
Go, go, bobby soxer (x 4)
When the weekend comes
You'll be right back rockin' some more, etc.
Links and Sources:
Only my favorite animation book by Joe Adamson: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare
Frank Sinatra and the 'Bobby Soxers', The Guardian
'Bobby-Soxer', The Word Detective
And for those with a vintage-style aesthetic: How to be a Bobby-Soxer, Queens of Vintage