Popeye and Olive Oyl in WIMMEN HADN’T OUGHTA DRIVE (1940) – The mother lode of driving-humor cliches


Popeye bites the bullet and uses his brand-new roadster to “learn” Olive Oyl how to drive.

A few good gags, but this is mostly the template for countless sitcoms of ensuing decades, featuring clueless females trying to man the wheel as their men look on in fright. (Why don’t we ever get to see a clueless man at his first attempt to drive a car?) Also, some of the gags are straight out of Laurel & Hardy and W.C. Fields, such as when Olive interprets Popeye’s instructions literally (e.g., “Throw out the clutch”). Some laughs, but more often a test of endurance.

On a rating scale of 1 to 4 spinach cans, I give this cartoon:  CanCanCanHalf

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