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Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937)

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Popeye the Sailor, accompanied by Olive Oyl and Wimpy, is dispatched to stop the dreaded bandit Abu Hassan and his force of forty thieves.


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Uncredited cast:
Lou Fleischer ...
Wimpy (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie ...
Abu Hassan (voice) (uncredited)


Upon hearing of the evil deeds of the bandit Abu Hassan, Popeye, accompanied by Olive Oyl and J. Wellington Wimpy, flies to Arabia. Olive is kidnapped by Abu Hassan, who forces her to do the laundry for his Forty Thieves. Popeye sneaks into their hideout to rescue her, but finds himself outnumbered forty-one to one. Written by Paul Penna <>

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Release Date:

26 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Abu Hassan's cave, Popeye jokingly asks Wimpy "How did you get in here, young fella?" while the joke refers to Wimpy having been taken away by the bandits, it also refers to _Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)_(TV), the previous big-budget Popeye feature: Wimpy had wandered into Sindbad's home during a standoff, and a surprised Popeye asked him the same thing. See more »


During the battle scene with Abu Hassan and the forty thieves, the dialogue, the sound effects, and partially the music are out of sync with the animation. This was rectified on the DVD release of "Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Volume 1." See more »


[first lines]
[Abu Hassan and his forty thieves ride across the desert]
Abu Hassan: [singing] You better lock up your doors today / 'cause Abu Hassan is on his way / Go in hiding, when I go riding / Just me and the 40 thieves! / Your wives and children, and money too / I'll steal them from you before I'm through / I'm out gunning, so start running / From me and the forty thieves! Abu Hassan!
Thieves: Abu Hassan!
Abu Hassan: My game's the toughest / But I'm the roughest / and that's how I'm / Abu Hassan!
Thieves: Abu Hassan!
Abu Hassan: You've got to ...
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Followed by Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939) See more »


Abu Hassan
Written by Sammy Timberg, Tot Seymour, Vee Lawnhurst & Samuel Lerner (as Sammy Lerner)
Performed by Gus Wickie
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Very Remarkable! The Best Popeye Cartoon!
16 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Popeye returns in this totally hysterical cartoon from the year of 1937, and like I just mentioned, this is a totally hysterical laugh fest! I mean that you are going to be laughing and laughing like crazy when you watch this!

This cartoon short film overall is transcendently hysterical, there are laughs in every single scene, and that means that there is not one part of this that is not funny at all, not one at all. This in fact is Popeye's best cartoon short film that has ever been made, because this is just as good as it gets! I mean Popeye just keeps on bringing one thing with him, that one thing is laughs! I remember that when I first saw this movie, I was in pain from laughter, I am telling you that I was laughing so hard that no sound was even coming out, this really is that hysterical!

So all in all, if you are a huge fan of Popeye and want to see a hysterical Popeye cartoon, then this is the one!

By the way, considering that I am a very huge fan of Popeye, I bought this on DVD, and so I can watch this at any time that I want to! Like quite a lot of other Popeye cartoons that I have seen, this one delivers plenty of laughs!

Well I have said this already but, I totally love this cartoon, I don't know where I would be without it!


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