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Release Date:
27 April 1934 (USA) See more »
Popeye wants to join a club of fighters. But can he take their grueling initiation test... and can the club take his rough-housing? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)

Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Sammy Timberg (uncredited)
Animation Department
Thomas Johnson .... animator
Myron Waldman .... animator
Lillian Friedman .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Lou Fleischer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Sammy Timberg .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Max Fleischer .... presenter
E.C. Segar .... by arrangement with (as Segar)
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Additional Details

6 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Popeye:I wants to join!See more »
Prelude No.20 in A minor 'Funeral March', Op.28See more »


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The First Totally Wild & Crazy Popeye Cartoon, 6 September 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

"Can you Take It" is one of the wildest Popeye cartoons I've ever seen and easily the most frenetic of the early ones. In fact, I think it's safe to say this is one most entertaining and different "adventures" Popeye ever had. The cartoon following this also was insane, so it looks like Popeye's outrageous humor began with this effort.

After dropping off Olive at her place of work, a hospital, Popeye notices on a sign on the place next door: "Bruiser Boy's Club - Can You Take It? - We DARE You To Join"

Well, macho Popeye isn't going to turn down that challenge. Great sight gags when Popeye meets Bluto, president of the club as they exchange brutal hand shakes and blowing smoke in each other's face. (better seen than explained).

Bluto then says, "OK, boys, put him tru da woiks!"

Wow, it's unbelievable after that. Popeye goes through his medieval-like torture place that has to be seen to be believed. This is pretty sadistic and brutal, but the bad guys wind up taking their deserved lumps. I won't say more than that, except this is extremely entertaining with an edge to it.

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