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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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Visually very impressive, particularly Olive cheering on the sidelines.

Fleischer Studios, particularly in the early years, did some extremely visually well-crafted cartoons. Most of the more unusual ones were Koko the Clown and Betty Boop shorts, but there were a number of Popeye shorts that are notable for great visual bits too. The most interesting ones here are Popeye giving new meaning to the nickname "Crazylegs" and Olive doing a cheer on the sidelines for Bluto (yes, Bluto-Olive is fickle, remember?) that reveals she's a contortionist. While not as good as Football Toucher Downer, this has its moments and a running gag that features Wimpy. What else can you ask for? There is a colorized version. The black and white is superior. Well worth watching. Recommended.

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