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The Paneless Window Washer (1937)

On the outside of an office building, Popeye and Bluto duke it out as rival window washers.

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Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie Gus Wickie ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bluto's window cleaning service is not above drumming up a little business for himself. But when he gets to Olive's stenographer office, about 10 floors up, she says no: Popeye's going to wash her windows. And the battle is on. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Bluto: Window cleaner!
Olive Oyl: Oh not today, thank you.
Bluto: What do you mean? Why not today thank you?
Popeye: 'Cause I'm gonna wash'em. That's why not today thank you.
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Window washer rivalry
12 May 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Dave Fleischer and Fleischer Studios were responsible for many gems. Ones that were amusing and charming. Over-cuteness did come through in some efforts and the stories were always pretty thin, but appealing characters, outstanding music and visuals that were inventive and with innovative animation techniques more than compensated.

'The Paneless Window Washer' is classic Popeye the Sailor and far from painful. It is great and never less than very funny and most of them even hilarious, for me one of my favourite Popeye cartoons and one of the best Popeye/Olive Oyl/Bluto outings. Have always enjoyed many of the Popeye cartoons a good deal and like Popeye very much, Fleischer's efforts were always well animated and scored with lots of entertainment value and great chemistry between Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto. 'The Paneless Window Washer' has much of makes the Popeye series so appealing in its prime era and does nothing to waste the three main characters or make them less interesting.

The story is an interesting and beautifully paced one, never being dull, if formulaic (not uncommon with the Popeye cartoons). The humour and gags make it even more entertaining, the best parts are properly wild and are hilarious. The ending is one of my favourite endings of all the Popeye cartoons.

All the characters are great, though Olive Oyl's material is not quite as great as Popeye and Bluto's she is far from squandered. It is more with Popeye and Bluto where the cartoon especially entertains. The two of them are spot on and their chemistry drives 'The Paneless Window Washer' and has so much energy. Popeye is always amusing and likeable enough but for me Bluto is here the funnier and more interesting character.

Furthermore, the animation is beautifully drawn and with enough visual detail to not make it cluttered or static and lively and smooth movement. The music is also outstanding, lots of merry energy and lush orchestration, adding a lot to the action and making the impact even better without being too cartoonish. Fleischer's direction is always accomplished and his style is all over it.

Voice acting is dynamic and of very good quality on the whole, Mae Questel is a good fit for Olive Oyl, the voice that most sticks in my mind for the character and who voiced her the best. Gus Wickie is even better and gives Bluto so much life, but Jack Mercer and the way he mumbled and delivered his asides is especially good.

In conclusion, a Popeye classic and far from painful. 9/10


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