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Popeye Meets William Tell (1940)

William fires an arrow, barely missing Popeye; then tells Popeye that he has just lost his son in an unfortunate arrow incident (the picture of his son is Groucho Marx). Tell then defies ... See full summary »

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane (uncredited)

Writer:

Dan Gordon (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... High Governor (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Popeye / Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Carl Meyer Carl Meyer ... William Tell (voice) (uncredited)
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William fires an arrow, barely missing Popeye; then tells Popeye that he has just lost his son in an unfortunate arrow incident (the picture of his son is Groucho Marx). Tell then defies the king and is ordered to shoot an apple off his son's head; Popeye stands in for his son. The arrow goes astray, but it hits Popeye's can of spinach. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye Meets William Tell See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The photo of William Tell's "late" son is actually an animated photo of Groucho Marx. The wife of this short film's director Shamus Culhane is Maxine Marx who is the niece of Groucho Marx. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
Music by Samuel Lerner
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A Page Out Of History......Well, Sort Of
13 September 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This a strange Popeye cartoon, one involving a famous character from history.....but this isn't history! It' revisionist history in it's most absurd form, involving a wacky English "High Governor," William Tell and Popeye. What Popeye was doing over in England and in that period of history, is never explained. There is no Olive Oyl or any of the "normal" Popeye character, just these exaggerated characters from another age.

Our Sailor Man is justing by, minding his own business, when an arrow nearly takes his head off. Popeye turns back, spots this nerdy-looking little guy with a squeaky voice who turns out to be the famous "William Tell." "Well, blow me down!" says Popeye upon learning this. The two exchange verbal unpleasantries and then the story gets really weird. One thing leads to another and it winds up, with Popeye pretending to be Tell's son and standing next to a tree doing the famous shoot-the-apple-off-the-son's head-routine. All kinds of mayhem ensue with a couple of shocking surprises (including that famous arrow scene) and a few very good sight gags.

It's kind of stupid and outrageous but it is fun for the most part and very entertaining. You won't believe some of the goofy material that's in this cartoon.

There is a good message, however, and way ahead of it's time: it concerns the evils of smoking. Popeye evens puts that message into his usual song finale, although he never put it into practice. As far as I know, Popeye always smoked his pipe!


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