Riding the Rails
Directed byDave Fleischer
Produced byMax Fleischer
StarringMae Questel
Animation byHicks Lokey
Myron Waldman
Color processBlack-and-white
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
January 28, 1938
Running time
6 mins

Riding the Rails is a 1938 Fleischer Studios animated short film featuring Betty Boop and Pudgy the Pup.[1] Although some sources claim that this film was nominated for an Academy Award,[2] it does not appear in the official Academy Awards database.[3]

The film inspired a large variety of collectibles in the 1930s, although originals are now rare to find.[4]


Film Daily called the film "subway fun", and gave the following synopsis:[5]

"The exciting adventures of Betty Boop's dog, Pudgy, who insists on following his mistress when she goes downtown in the subway. He gets on the train, and then his troubles begin. After almost disrupting the train service, he is flung off, and is forced to walk the tracks back to the station, with trains whizzing down on him from all directions. When he finally arrives safely back home, he is cured of wanting to trail around town with Betty."


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 54–56. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Levy, Paul (2003-02-16). "Boop-oop-a-doop – Betty is still a star", Star Tribune, p. E1.
  3. ^ Search of "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  4. ^ Waldie, Marcy (July 2006). "Collectors keep Boopin' along", Antiques & Collecting Magazine 111 (5): 28–31.
  5. ^ no byline (1938-02-16). Film Daily 73 (38): 7.