Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto in I WANNA BE A LIFEGUARD (1936) – When it comes to lifeguards, summer better than others

IWannaBeALifeGuard

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

The community pool needs a life guard. Two locals (ahem) look through the peephole in the pool’s fence, see Olive Oyl doing a belly-flop, and decide that this is the bathing beauty they have to impress. (Eye of the beholder and all that.)

So Popeye and Bluto are allowed to compete for the job. If the vote was strictly based on their rendition of the title tune, Popeye (complete with “Mammy!” finish) would win in an instant, but Olive jeers at Popeye because of his old-fashioned bathing suit (and she’s the looker, so she should know).

The typical Popeye-and-Bluto whizzing contest is enhanced by the Fleischers’ as-always-stunning back- and fore-grounds, and elaborate swim stunts, most of which would put your local lifeguard to shame. At cartoon’s end, Popeye is the lifeguard, having turned Bluto into a human fountain after duking it out with him underwater.

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

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2 responses to “Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto in I WANNA BE A LIFEGUARD (1936) – When it comes to lifeguards, summer better than others

  1. I have always been a popeye fan. I think he was the one who got me to enjoy spinach. Although, I wasn’t too impressed with the movie version starring Robin Williams and Shelly Duval

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  2. This has always been one of my favorite Popeye shorts. I’m sure the incredibly catchy tune being stuck in my head for the last 30+ years has been what makes it one of the most memorable for me.

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