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,...
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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 »
Popeye is heading over to see Olive when he hits a traffic island where a cop is directing traffic; when he gets there, he manages to get more tickets for blowing his horn and parking ... See full summary »
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 »
Popeye's 99-year-old father won't admit he's too old to help Popeye build a ship. Popeye tells him to build one side while he builds the other; Pappy's side is a mess. He falls asleep ... 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 »
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 »
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, like cranking up the snow and wind machines, and eventually coming onstage, even though Olive wants no part of him. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Almost all of this cartoon is a reenactment of "Romeo and Juliet," but certainly not any version you've seen! Much of the cartoon is sung and hearing Olive Oyl (Margie Hines) and Popeye (Jack Mercer) and then Bluto (Pinto Colvig) is like hearing chalk on a blackboard. Yikes, this is a tough cartoon on one's ears! It's amazing the people in the audience clapped at the end. In real life, they would have reacted quite negatively.
Speaking of voice, I guess this is as good a spot as any to say I miss Mae Questel as the voice of Olive Oyl. She was fantastic in that voice and Hines, try as she might, is no match for her. Fortunately, after Hines did about 30 of these Popeye cartoons, Questel came back and did many from the mid '40s to 1961.
The same can be said for Colvig, who doesn't sound like the Bluto we all know and love.....er, hate. He doesn't have (the former Bluto) Gus Wickie's gruffness and deep voice. In Popeye's latter days, 1950s and 1960s, Jackson Beck did a super job as Bluto, who also had his name changed to "Brutus." Colvig is definitely the weakest of the three.
Anyway, the cartoon is basically singing and the two boys beating each other up, both trying to be Romeo and win the heart of Juliet. At least Popeye gets in as many punches as Bluto, which usually isn't the case - only the big ones at the end. Here, these guys just pulverize each other and it gets boring after awhile. It's not one of the better Popeye cartoons, believe me.
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