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The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934)

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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)
William Pennell ...
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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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
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Man on the Flying Trapeze, The (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Unusual Popeye cartoon has him sailing in to ask Olive Oyl out but she's left him for the title character. Popeye then goes to the circus to see the man and gets into a battle. This is a rather unusual short because the majority of the dialogue comes from singing. The songs in the film are very good and most of the charm comes from them. There's your typical nice animation and some very good direction in the storytelling and that includes some very good fight scenes in the air. There's also a funny sequence with a woman whom I'm guessing is Olive's mother. we also get Wimpy as the announcer at the circus. This isn't the best Popeye short I've seen but the strange musical numbers make it work watching.


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