Popeye's birthday, and Olive managed to get enough rationed sugar to bake him a cake, so she invites him over. Shorty is suicidal because he never gets any mail; Popeye invites him, too. ... See full summary »
Popeye's birthday, and Olive managed to get enough rationed sugar to bake him a cake, so she invites him over. Shorty is suicidal because he never gets any mail; Popeye invites him, too. But Shorty is also accident prone. He goes to wash his hands, and manages to flood Popeye right into the sewer. He assembles the ingredients, then manages to get them all over Popeye. Olive tells Popeye to wash up; Shorty runs the water, and we get another flood. Shorty decides Popeye needs to play some games, so they play baseball, golf, and hockey in Olive's living room, all ending disastrously for Popeye. Popeye manages to cut a hole in the floor; Shorty falls in, Popeye throws a rug on it, then Olive arrives carrying the cake and falls in. Soon, everyone's in the furnace in the cellar. Written by
Jon Reeves <email@example.com>
[Shorty pulls out a gun to commit suicide]
Hey, what's eatin' you?
Gee, I never get no letters! Nobody loves me!
That's funny; I likes ya. Yer cute, an' good lookin'! Why, ya looks like Bob Hope!
[Shorty pulls out an even BIGGER gun to commit suicide]
Er, I mean, uh, Bing Crosby!
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About half a century ago, when Popeye cartoons were brought to television, I recall seeing for the first time "Happy Birthdaze", which may well have been meant to celebrate tenth anniversary of the beginning of the making of the Popeye animated cartoons by Paramount. It was quite amusing, and was one of many Popeyes satirizing World War II, in that Popeye and his shipmate Shorty were granted shore leave to celebrate Popeye's birthday at Olive Oyl's apartment, and that Olive was able to obtain, notwithstanding rationing, enough sugar for the birthday cake. One notably hilarious part involved the men's room opening into the hall (perhaps old apartment house or tenement built before bathrooms were common), in which twice Popeye opened the door and a torrent of water spilled out! That reminds me of when a friend thought that the term "water closet" (technical term for flush toilet) meant a closet full of water, in which one opens the door and-- SPLASH! Well, here was a REAL water closet! Both times the water drained Popeye into the storm sewer; traffic thwarted his escape, until he got out through a manhole, pushing the cop on the beat up into the street light! Cuckoo! Cuckoo! That made the street light look something like one of an old type of street light, with pinwheel-like crinkled-disc reflector (radial-wave). Though Shorty was a dud (in first of three cartoons in which he was featured), and the word play "birthdaze" is timeworn, it was surely fitting for this cartoon.
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