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The Two-Alarm Fire (1934)

When rival firefighters Popeye and Bluto respond to Olive Oyl's house fire, they find themselves fighting each other more than the fire.

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Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell William Pennell ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye and Bluto run adjoining (and competing) fire companies. When Olive's huge house catches fire, they are soon more interested in fighting each other than the fire. When Bluto goes to the roof to rescue Olive, the fire strands him there. Popeye eats his spinach and rescues them, but it's too late for the house. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1934 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

References Shoein' Hosses (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Played when Popeye grabs the ladder
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The Quirks Of '30s Popeye Cartoons
9 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

For some strange reason, I've noticed that in a lot of these 1930s cartoons - Popeye's and others - flames from fire come alive. The flames take on a human personality and do human things. In here, one of the flames from a burning house sidles even over to the fire alarm box to send for the firefighters! In other scene, flames from one window reach out and shake hands with a flame coming out of another window.

Of course, it's Olive house on fire and, of course, Popeye and Bluto are the competing fireman are both ready to be the heroes. Those two have already been shown belting each other back at the company: Bluto, of Fire Co. "C" and Popeye, head of "D" company.

I really enjoy the artwork on these '30s Popeye cartoons, how our main characters are drawn with the exaggerated features, and I also love how they draw buildings. Olive's huge house in the cartoon looks super.

I also advise those who have this as part of the Popeye The Sailor Volume One 1933-1938 DVD to put on the English subtitles, otherwise you'll miss a lot of what Popeye says, since he mumbles a lot. In here, it's doubly important because Bluto mumbles like Popeye as they taunt each en route to trying to put out the big fire at Olive's house. Some of the dialog is funny. Most of it, however, is nothing of the laugh-out-loud variety and nothing noteworthy, except what idiots these two guys are - more concerned about beating up the other guy than saving the house!

It's little things in this cartoon that produce smiles, such as how they guys get water out of their hoses, how the ladder becomes alive, etc.


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