Olive rushes over to show Popeye the headline: Vaudeville is coming back. They agree to rehearse their old act. After a brief song-and-dance intro, the act begins: Popeye demonstrating his ... See full summary »
William fires an arrow, barely missing Popeye; then tells Popeye that he has just lost his son in an unfortunate arrow incident (the picture of his son is Groucho Marx). Tell then defies ... See full summary »
The race is on for the state railroad franchise. It's the Sudden Pacific (Bluto) against the Onion Pacific (Popeye). Oh, and there's also a kiss from Olive for the winner. Bluto slows down ... See full summary »
The boys show up simultaneously to take Olive to the movies. She needs to visit the hairdresser first, and tells the boys to take care of Swee'Pea: bath, dress him, and nap. Of course, with... See full summary »
Olve brings her new goldfish onto Popeye's ship, but the fish jumps out of its bowl and into the sea. Olive convinces Popeye to go after it, but the fish wants to play and manages to avoid ... See full summary »
Popeye has replaced Bluto in the Spinach Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet (Olive, of course), much to Bluto's surprise and dismay. Bluto does what he can to sabotage the production,... See full summary »
Olive writes a letter to Popeye: she's through with sailors; it's cowboys for her. Popeye immediately sails off to the West, where he finds, who else, Bluto as the head of the ranch where ... See full summary »
Mystery Pictures is looking for a stunt man. Swee'pea tags along with Popeye, but he sends the tot home. Popeye shows clips of his stunts to the director, who is impressed; when he goes to ... See full summary »
Dr. Bluto sails off to Darkest Africa for exploration. Popeye, who stayed behind, hears a radio report that Bluto is lost and sets sail himself (on a raft). He manages to land right by a trail left by Bluto, and after fighting a few animals along the way, finds himself, exhausted and dehydrated, in Darkest Africa, within sight of Bluto. We see why Bluto has not been heard of: he has a bevy of native beauties attending to his every need. He spots Popeye and rushes to his rescue, feeding him a can of spinach. The two then set to their traditional greeting of fisticuffs. Written by
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Popeye and Bluto being best friends? Yup, hard to believe but that's the scenario here. I never thought I'd see Popeye pining away, all depressed because Bluto wasn't around, but that's how our sailor guy is portrayed in this story. Those guys love punching each other more than anything, it seems. That's their joy in life.
When "Dr. Bluto's African Expedition" sails away - after the two guys duke it out on the pier - Popeye sits home alone bummed out because his fighting pal isn't around. One day he hears a radio broadcast that Dr. Bluto has been lost in "darkest Africa." Popeye immediately sets out in his little boat for Africa to save his buddy.
After that shock, the story is very predictable with only a few laughs, just Popeye playfully battling a rhinoceros, lion and elephant and then finding his buddy living the Life Of Riley with "wine, women and coconuts - what more could a man ask for?"
Well, another good fist fight with his best friend.
Overall, cute but not one of the more humorous Popeye cartoons. Generally speaking, 1940 seems to mark a lull during the Popeye cartoon history, picking back up later in the decade when some familiar voices reappear and the stories get more comical.
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