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You Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935)

When football star Bluto sweeps Olive Oyl off her feet during a game, Popeye retaliates by joining the opposing team.


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Uncredited cast:
William Costello ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)


Popeye and Olive are attending a football game; Bluto's team takes the field, and Olive is swept off her feet, becoming a cheerleader for him. Popeye signs up and becomes quarterback of the opposing team, which is skinny and pathetic looking, compared to Bluto's team of huge bruisers. Things go badly, of course, until Popeye eats his spinach and becomes a whole football team himself, winning both the game and Olive. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

30 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title (and plot) refers to the 1933 song "You Gotta Be a Football Hero" written by Al Sherman, Buddy Fields and Al Lewis. It is one of the most widely recorded and performed American football anthems of all time. See more »


You Gotta Be a Football Hero
Written by Al Sherman, Buddy Fields and Al Lewis
Played at the beginning
Sung by Olive Oyl
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Good Popeye short
14 July 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

You Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Olive Oyl forces Popeye to go to a football game where she ends up leaving him for Bluto, In order to win her back Popeye joins the other team. The highlight of this film is a scene where Popeye think he has the football and is running it back for a touchdown but in reality he just has Bluto's head and is dragging him. The football action is pretty nice throughout as Popeye ends up having to plan the other team by himself. Wimpy appears in a couple scenes and adds some nice laughs as well.

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