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Popeye the Sailor (1933)

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Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.





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Uncredited cast:
William Costello ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Poe ...
Olive Oyl / Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)


Popeye introduces himself to us (including a quick live-action shot of newspapers announcing that he's a movie star). The ship docks, and the sailors try to pick up Olive, but she only wants Popeye. They head for a carnival, but Bluto isn't giving up easily. The boys compete at the various games. Betty Boop does a hula dance, and Popeye joins her on stage. Meanwhile, Bluto runs off with Olive and ties her to the tracks. Popeye comes along and rescues her in the nick of time. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

14 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Popeye the Sailor with Betty Boop  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brutus was called Bluto in the original comic strip and cartoons. When new cartoons were made by King Features in 1960 and 1961 the producers thought Bluto had been created for the Fleischer cartoons which would mean they didn't have the rights to the character, so they renamed him Brutus. Actually, Bluto had appeared in a single adventure in the comic strip before any Popeye cartoons had been made. Later Popeye cartoons went back to the name Bluto. See more »


Referenced in David Bowie: Blackstar (2015) See more »


I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
Written by Samuel Lerner
Performed by William Costello
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The first Popeye cartoon.
29 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first Popeye cartoon ever, although it was marketed as a Betty Boop cartoon. It was also the first in a series of cartoons where Betty Boop met various characters from newspaper comics (Such as The Little King) in animated form. Naturally, Popeye was the only one who the Fleischer Brothers got any mileage out of.

Very entertaining, like all the early Popeye's. Betty Boop makes only a small cameo, but it's hard to miss. Try to get the black and white version, since the colorized version, I dunno. It just seems to take away some of the excitement.


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