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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 is in hospital after the beating he got]
Bluto:[laughing] He wanted to be a member...!
Popeye:[overhearing] Ain't I a member?
Olive Oyl:No! You can't take it!
Popeye:[enraged, knocks away his medicine] Who sez I can't?
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Popeye isn't all that bright in this one!, 13 June 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Popeye escorts his girl, Olive, to her new job at the hospital--which is adjacent to the Bruiser Boys Club. Popeye is curious what the place is and it turns out the club is for he-men--though considering all the stupid things they do to the initiates, I think they're all a bunch of idiots and sadists! They beat the crap out of them--and it's even worse when Popeye is blindfolded and sent into a house of horrors--with spinning circular saws and the like! Eventually, this even gets the best of Popeye--who ends up in the hospital next door. But, not wanting Bluto and his pals to win, he uses his spinach and cleans house.

This is an enjoyable but insane installment of Popeye. It's even more violent and senseless than usual. But it's also entertaining as well. Strange but well made and fascinating.

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