Popeye runs a gym; his only customer on ladies day is Olive. Bluto, seeing Olive go in, dresses in drag to get admittance. Popeye comes on to him; all the while, Bluto is beating up Popeye ... See full summary »

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Popeye runs a gym; his only customer on ladies day is Olive. Bluto, seeing Olive go in, dresses in drag to get admittance. Popeye comes on to him; all the while, Bluto is beating up Popeye and pretending they are accidents, until his wig comes off. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Rare chance to see Bluto cross-dress
8 September 2010 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

In "Gym Jam" (1950), Popeye runs a gym and celebrates "Ladies Day" by putting Olive Oyl through her paces. Bluto wants to get close to Olive but can't get into the gym as a man, so he dresses up in a wig with blond curls and a fully made-up face and enters the gym for a workout, purring seductively to Popeye, who is instantly smitten and gives all of his attention to the new "lady," making Olive jealous. With great relish, Bluto uses this opportunity to torment Popeye and inflict serious damage on him so he can pursue Olive (while still in drag!). He knocks Popeye into a steam cabinet, turns it up high and shrinks him down to the size of a spinach can, which happens to turn up right next to the cabinet. Not one of the best Popeye cartoons, but it gives us the bizarre spectacle of Bluto cross-dressing and kissing Olive repeatedly with his own lipstick-reddened lips.


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