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The Paneless Window Washer -- Bluto's window cleaning service is not above drumming up a little business for himself. But when he gets to Olive's stenographer office, about 10 floors up, she says no: Popeye's going to wash her windows. And the battle is on.


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Release Date:
22 January 1937 (USA) See more »
On the outside of an office building, Popeye and Bluto duke it out as rival window washers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of a handful of Popeye shorts where Olive's affections are not a point of contention to fight over. See more (4 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)
Jack Mercer ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)

Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
Willard Bowsky (animation director) (uncredited)
Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer
Original Music by
Sammy Timberg (uncredited)
Art Department
Anton Loeb .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Animation Department
Willard Bowsky .... animator
Orestes Calpini .... animator
Music Department
Lou Fleischer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Sammy Timberg .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
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Additional Details

6 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Approved (certificate #01226)

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Bluto:Window cleaner!
Olive Oyl:Oh not today, thank you.
Bluto:What do you mean? Why not today thank you?
Popeye:'Cause I'm gonna wash'em. That's why not today thank you.
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One of a handful of Popeye shorts where Olive's affections are not a point of contention to fight over., 2 July 2003

This is a comparatively rare short, in that Popeye and Bluto aren't fighting over the "honor" of having Olive Oyl for a girlfriend (a battle which never ceases to amaze me-Olive is a vain, shrewish, flighty and not terribly intelligent woman. But then Popeye and Bluto aren't prizes either. C'est le vie.) but rather Bluto's questionable business tactics. Window washer Bluto creates work by splashing mud far and wide. Popeye one ups him at his stock and trade and the battle for the ages has another, very funny and quite creative installment. Having temporarily de-commissioned the U.S.S. Popeye and ever the gentleman, introduces his hands to her neck, but Popeye eats his vegetable and rides to the rescue. Excellent short, well worth watching. Recommended.

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