The new Rochelle

There are exactly two things memorable about Sinkin’ in the Bathtub, a 1930 cartoon short by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising (“Harman-Ising,” get it?) featuring an uninspired schmoe named Bosko: it was the very first in the long series of Looney Tunes at Warner Bros., and Bosko’s girlfriend was voiced by this lady:

Rochelle Hudson

This is Rochelle Hudson, a youngster from Oklahoma City, whose first on-screen work was this off-screen non-appearance as a teenager. Eventually she grew into ingenue roles, although there was a minor hitch involved: her studio bio gave her date of birth as March 6, 1914, which meant she was only seventeen when she played a wide-eyed innocent in 1931’s Are These Our Children, a pre-Production Code drama just jam-packed with sexual innuendo. Studio bio was wrong: Rochelle was born in 1916, making her fifteen at the time.

Still, she did the Good Girl well, in the Claudette Colbert version of Fannie Hurst’s Imitation of Life (1934), and as Shirley Temple’s older sister in Curly Top (1935). She died of pneumonia in 1972.

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