In a shipyard, Popeye and Bluto compete in each building a ship for a potential exclusive military contract.


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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)


Popeye and Bluto own adjacent shipyards. They are given the plans for a battleship; whichever finishes first gets the contract for the fleet. Bluto does his patriotic duty by refraining from his usual sabotage; his own incompetence provides much of the entertainment, until the end, when Popeye finishes first. Bluto, invited to help launch the ship, provides a bottle of champagne filled with nitroglycerine. Popeye's ship is destroyed, but after his spinach, he manages to turn out a ship every 5 seconds or so, launching an entire fleet for the war effort. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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16 October 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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One of a number of Popeye shorts which were sent off to Asia in the 80's to undergo the infamous redraw and colorization process. See more »

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Battle Of The Ship-Builders
18 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a battle, as we have seen in other Popeye cartoons, between Popeye and Bluto and who can accomplish something first. Usually, the "reward" is Olive Oyl but here it is a defense contract to build ships.

So, we have Popeye's Shipyard against Bluto's Shipyard. The first place to build a battleship and deliver it to the U.S. Navy will win the contract.

Here's where the humors comes, showing how the boys build the ship. Odd, neither one has any employees - they do all the work! Actually, when you see how super-human these two guys are - especially Popeye - you see why they don't need employees. The riveting, laying down of metal sheets, building portholes, etc., are all shown in funny and clever ways.

It gets predictable after Popeye wins, how Bluto gets even and then how Popeye prevails anyway, thanks to his spinach. I'll have to say the ending is a bit far-fetched, even for Popeye and his spinach (building an entire fleet in seconds??!!) but it's all in good fun.

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