Brenda And Cobina

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    In Goofy Groceries (Clampett, 1941) two rather unattractive spinster cows, upon spotting the handsome bull on the Bull Durham tobacco package, address each other as Brenda and Cobina, and point out the bull, one of them exclaiming, “Look, a man!”

    These characters were based on the Brenda and Cobina characters on the Bob Hope radio program. The characters on radio were played by Blanche Stewart and Elvia Allman. (According to Wertheim, the characters were named for two society debutantes of the era: Brenda Frazier and Cobina Wright.) The two had shrill, funny-sounding voices, and they would chat about their frustrated love lives. Their opening lines were “Hey, Brenda!” “What is it Cobina?”, as used by the cows in the cartoon.

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