Shorty's girlfriend is Dorothy Lamour, whose actual pictures hang next to his hammock, clashing with the cartoon world. The Hollywood references continue when Shorty makes love to Olive Oyl: he imitates Charles Boyer in Algiers (1938) and throws in a little Maurice Chevalier into the impression. See more »
Marry-Go-Round was eloquent of Shorty's nature. He had pinups of Dorothy Lamour while Popeye had pictures of Olive Oyl-- HIS girl back home. As it happened, the ship to which Popeye and Shorty were assigned was stationed not far from where Olive Oyl was running a boarding house. (Was it for war-industry workers?) There was ALSO good luck in that as Popeye was trying to work up courage to propose, the Boatswain gave a "Now hear this" whistle and announced that Popeye and Shorty would have shore leave. Popeye half-heartedly, with Shorty egging him on, tried to propose; Olive was not so happy to see Popeye as she was multi-tasking, as boarding-house owner. Shorty got into the act, which peeved Popeye. Shore leave over, Popeye had Dorothy Lamour's pictures while Shorty had Olive's! for only the second of three Popeyes with Shorty, this one was stellar. It was only the second Popeye, excluding the 3 Fleischer specials of the Thirties, that would be color; Her Honor the Mare was first. All in all, a stellar cartoon.
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