Time on My Hands (film)

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Time on My Hands
American animated cartoon.
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer (producer)
Starring Ethel Merman
Mae Questel (uncredited)
Color process Black-and-white
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
Running time
9 minutes
Language English

Time On My Hands is a 1932 American Screen Songs animated short, produced by Fleischer Studios and directed by Dave Fleischer. The song featured in this Screen Song, "Time on My Hands," was a popular song which was published in 1930.


A fisherman deals with rebellious worms, a diver flirts with a Betty Boop-like mermaid who becomes Ethel Merman, singing the title song in live-action followed by the Bouncing Ball.

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