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Swimmer Take All (1952)

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Popeye and Bluto are in a swimming race across the English Channel. As usual, Bluto has a million ways to cheat, and Popeye overcomes all of them to win. Some of the bits: Popeye's suit is ... See full summary »

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Popeye and Bluto are in a swimming race across the English Channel. As usual, Bluto has a million ways to cheat, and Popeye overcomes all of them to win. Some of the bits: Popeye's suit is connected to a fish hook; the fish unravels it and Popeye knits it back together. Bluto is on a raft and blows sneezing powder at Popeye. Bluto attaches a magnet to Popeye which attracts a mine (which ends up blowing Popeye much closer to the line). Bluto dumps a load of cement on Popeye. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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As you watch this, you may ask yourself, "Is this trip really necessary?"
15 October 2003 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This isn't the worst Famous Studios Popeye short, not by a long shot. Far worse came several years down the road, when the staff seemed to stop really even trying to be even mildly entertaining. The problem with this one is that it isn't very funny-or much fun either. In spite of the three best voice actors the primary characters had in the series-Beck, Questal and the great Jack Mercer-the script and story are flat, the backgrounds not bad, but nothing to write home about, no real life in the gags, nothing memorable about the short to make it worth watching twice. Not bad enough to poke fun at, really. It's just there, nothing more. Any cartoon with Jack Mercer doing Popeye can't be all bad and this one has moments-but too few. I just wish it was funny. For completeists only.


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