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Popeye the Sailor (1933)

Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)

Writer:

E.C. Segar (as Segar)
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Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell William Pennell ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Poe Bonnie Poe ... Olive Oyl / Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye introduces himself to us (including a quick live-action shot of newspapers announcing that he's a movie star). The ship docks, and the sailors try to pick up Olive, but she only wants Popeye. They head for a carnival, but Bluto isn't giving up easily. The boys compete at the various games. Betty Boop does a hula dance, and Popeye joins her on stage. Meanwhile, Bluto runs off with Olive and ties her to the tracks. Popeye comes along and rescues her in the nick of time. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the carnival scene, the "Test Your Strength" mallet suddenly appears out of nowhere on the ground in one shot. See more »

Quotes

Popeye: Well, blow me down.
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Connections

Featured in To Want to Fly (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Strike Up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor)
(uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Performed by William Pennell and Bonnie Poe as "Strike Up the Band for Popeye the Sailor"
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POPEYE THE SAILOR {Short} (Dave Fleischer and, uncredited, Seymour Kneitel, 1933) **1/2
11 January 2014 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Despite a brief (semi-nude!) appearance by Betty Boop as an exotic dancer at a fair, this cartoon by the Fleischer brothers introduced us to the popular figures of Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto – who would naturally take off in a long-running series of their own and basically eclipsed the career of the studio's afore-mentioned star attraction! It is interesting to note, at this juncture, that the essence – with respect to characterization, gag type and plot structure (not to mention, the equally iconic theme tune!) – was there from the outset. That said, while I admit to having sat through many of these during my childhood, much like the live-action stuff of The Three Stooges which yours truly sampled again a few years back (let alone their strictly kiddie-oriented animated fare!), I seem to have irrevocably outgrown this particular brand of comedy and now approach it with an inevitable measured step


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye the Sailor with Betty Boop See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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