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Symphony in Spinach (1948)

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Singer Olive Oyl needs an accompanist, and both Popeye and Bluto apply for the job.



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Uncredited cast:
Jackson Beck ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)


Singer Olive Oyl needs an accompanist, and both Popeye and Bluto apply for the job.

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31 December 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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It would appear that the animators did not intend to use dialog in this short at all, because the characters' mouths don't move. See more »

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Stellar remake of FLeischer's Spinach Overture
1 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Symphony in Spinach is a fine example of how Famous Studios remade Fleischer-produced episodes of the Thirties. Like Spinach Overture, Symphony In Spinach was about musical rivalry between Popeye and Bluto, and was set in a high-rise building with Rehearsal Hall on top floor. In this case, it was Popeye's and Bluto's answering an ad by Olive Oyl, who wanted a good musician for her band, one with class who doubled in brass; Popeye boasted that he could pay both instruments! He played "Life on the Ocean Wave", Bluto "I'm in the Mood for Love" on various instruments, after Popeye's attempt to blow his own horn by declaring that he had played in the sympathy orchestra. Bluto pushed Popeye down the letter chute, but Popeye ate spinach and soared back up with "a special delivery for that tin horn". One gag in "Spinach Overture" was repeated, namely Popeye's using a trombone slide to punch Bluto, finally winning the audition with his one-man band, playing"I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" (what else?). All in all, a fine remake of a Flesicher episode. This cartoon stood out, as the Famous Studios cartoons of the Fifties mostly lapsed into mediocrity.

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