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The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934)

Popeye comes to ask Olive out, but finds she's gone off with the title character. Popeye goes to the circus (ringmaster Wimpy) looking for her, to find she's part of the act; an aerial battle ensues.

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Uncredited cast:
William Costello ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Jules Leotard (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive Oyl / Nana Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye the sailor navigates his ship through the seas, up onto dry land and through the city streets, finally parking it in front of Olive's house. Olive's mother delivers the sad news that Popeye's girl has run off with a "daring young man on the flying trapeze." Three boys, who worship the pop-eyed sailor as a hero, try to cheer him up, but it does no good. Popeye takes the boys and their cat to the circus, where he watches not only this daring young man perform, but also Olive Oyl herself. It seems she did more than run off with him; she became part of the act. She's clearly unhappy in her new role. Popeye comes to the rescue. Written by J. Spurlin

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16 March 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El trapecista volador  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze" did have a name, contrary to popular belief: Jules Leotard. He was a former law student who ran away from home and joined a circus as an adolescent. Young Jules was the first performer to wear the skin-tight suit of clothes that would later be named after him; he died of tuberculosis aged only twenty-eight, and the man in the cartoon is obviously modeled on him. In the song, a young man is bemoaning the fact that Jules has just run off with his fiancée. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Popeye: [singing] I yam what I yam, / And that's all what I yam. / I'm Popeye the sailor man. / I'm Popeye the sailor man. / I'm strong to the finitch / 'Cause I eats me spinach. / I'm Popeye the sailor man.
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Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung with substitute lyrics and played throughout
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A bit of a letdown
13 June 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" features a villain other than Bluto, it is a substandard cartoon of the day. Much of this is because the title character is poorly animated and creepy looking. Additionally, I am not a huge fan of singing in cartoons--and there's a bit too much of it for my taste.

The story itself features perhaps the grandest entrance by Popeye ever. However, after all that, he finds that Olive Oyl isn't home--she's joined the circus. Popeye goes to investigate and finds her boss, the trapeze artist, is a bit of a Bluto-like character--so Popeye does his usual routing--taking spinach and delivering a huge butt-whipping. All in all, a decent cartoon but just not as well made as you'd expect.


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