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Double-Cross-Country Race (1951)

Popeye is driving across country against Count Noah Count. He's hopelessly outmatched; the Count has a very powerful car, and Popeye's is barely running. And to top it off, the Count doesn't play fair.

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Count Noah Count (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye is driving across country against Count Noah Count. He's hopelessly outmatched; the Count has a very powerful car, and Popeye's is barely running. And to top it off, the Count doesn't play fair.

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15 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Popeye races a foreign Count across the U.S.
8 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

In "Double-Cross-Country Race" (1951), Popeye engages in a Coast-to-Coast Auto Race with Count Noah Count, starting in New York. The Lincoln Tunnel is the first hurdle and Popeye winds up driving under the Hudson River. Popeye drives an old jalopy, while the Count drives a long, sleek, fancy car. A New Jersey motorcycle cop gives chase all the way to L.A., even though the race is being nationally televised. There are gags involving Mount Rushmore and the Dust Bowl. The Count stops at an Indian village where he hits on a pretty Indian girl selling pottery outside her tepee. It looks for a minute like she's about to serve the damsel-in-distress role that Olive served in just about every Popeye cartoon, but no, a TV report alerts the Count to Popeye's closing in on him, so he leaves the tepee and continues the race to L.A. Popeye winds up giving spinach to his car rather than ingesting it himself, one of a handful of cartoons where someone or something other than Popeye takes the spinach. Neither Bluto nor Olive Oyl are in this cartoon. There are lots of gags, but none of them are actually funny. The sexily-drawn Indian girl as the object of the Count's lust is an unusual touch. Jackson Beck, who normally did Bluto's voice during this period, does that of the Count, but with a vaguely European accent.


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