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Problem Pappy (1941)

Popeye's Pappy takes a flagpole sitting job atop a tall building without telling Popeye. Popeye goes to rescue him, but he doesn't want to go until an electrical storm hits.


Dave Fleischer


Tedd Pierce (story) (as Ted Pierce)


Jack Mercer


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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Popeye / Pappy (voice) (uncredited)


Popeye's pappy is enjoying a second childhood, causing many headaches for Popeye. When Popeye awakes to find Pappy gone, he sets out to find his wayward father, only to find him seated atop a high-rise's flagpole. Popeye endeavors to bring his father down to no avail. When a lightning storm approaches, Popeye fears the worst, but then remembers his trusty can of spinach... Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of a number of Popeye shorts which were sent off to Asia in the 80's to undergo the infamous redraw and colorization process. See more »


Popeye: Pappy's second childhood is making an old man out of me!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Aptly titled-- shows just how cantankerous Poopdeck Pappy was
2 May 2009 | by petersgrgmSee all my reviews

Problem Pappy, (which showed a question mark with the title and copyright date MCMXLI[1941]), was very fittingly titled. It showed just how cantankerous Popeye's 99-year-old father was, as did several other Fleischer produced and directed cartoons of the 1940-41 period. At half past noon time, Popeye, loving son as he was, knocked on Pappy's bedroom door to find a note: "I wuzzent in last night. Pappy". Popeye made a frantic search, found the salty old sailor sitting and juggling on a flagpole atop a skyscraper! Popeye sternly warned him to come down "..before I sends for a hospital to come and get you!" (By that, he meant committing Pappy to a mental hospital, which, in the 1940's, could be done more easily than today.) Pappy refused, so Popeye said "If you ain't coming DOWN, I'M COMING UP! Pappy still refused, and greased the flagpole. Only an electrical storm, accompanied by score from Rossini's William Tell Overture, led Pappy to come down, with a lightning bolt opening spinach can for Popeye, who swung with his father on lightning bolts to safety. Popeye tucked the cantankerous old man in bed, and brought milk but found Pappy sleeping on a flagpole! An excellent example of how cantankerous Poopdeck Pappy was.

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