Popeye is wooing Olive on the phone when Bluto comes over. He overhears, taps into the line, and impersonates Popeye. They proceed to have a high-wire fight on the telephone lines outside Olive's house.

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Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye is wooing Olive on the phone when Bluto comes over. He overhears, taps into the line, and impersonates Popeye. They proceed to have a high-wire fight on the telephone lines outside Olive's house.

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23 October 1936 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Bluto: When it comes to beauty, you're not all there! You're a rag, a bone, and a hank o' hair!
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Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
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Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Bluto as "Did You Ever See a Guy Falling?"
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Phone Fight
1 April 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hold The Wire (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Popeye is on the phone with Olive Oyl and saying sweet things to her. Then Bluto cuts in on the line, pretending to be Popeye, and begins to insult her. Olive throws a fit so Popeye rushes over and catches Bluto on the line and a fight follows.

HOLD THE WIRE is another fun entry in the long-running series, which was certainly in its Golder Era during this period. Once again the animation from Fleischer is wonderful and there are so many wonderful details in each scene. One of the best moments in the film are when Popeye and Bluto are throwing punches at each other and every time one lands that person goes flying while still attached to the phone wire. The action is very fast just as fans would expect.


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