Friday, 24 September 2021

Punching Out a Train

The train’s coming and Popeye doesn’t have time to rescue Olive Oyl tied to the tracks. Well, he’s got only one choice.

My favourite scene is still the train whistling its warning. I must have first seen it 60 years ago.

Charlie Judkins reminds me the name of the background song in this sequence is “Beyond the Blue Horizon.” It’s in other Fleischer cartoons with trains but this is the one I remember hearing it the most. It’s from the 1930 Paramount feature Monte Carlo.

Seymour Kneitel and Doc Crandall get animation credits on Popeye’s 1933 debut though, technically, Popeye the Sailor was part of the Betty Boop series.


  1. This looks like a Doc Crandall scene, Yowp. Doc also does the last scene in the picture.

  2. Hans Christian Brando26 September 2021 at 07:18

    He did the same thing 12 years later--in Technicolor, yet--in "She Sick Sailors."