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For Better or Worser (1935)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 28 June 1935 (USA)
Popeye's failures in the kitchen send him on a quest for a wife. He visits the "matrimonial agency" and picks Olive at the same time Bluto picks her. Of course, the boys settle their ... See full summary »

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Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie Gus Wickie ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye's failures in the kitchen send him on a quest for a wife. He visits the "matrimonial agency" and picks Olive at the same time Bluto picks her. Of course, the boys settle their problem with their fists. Soon, Bluto and Olive are visiting Justice of the Peace Wimpy, with Popeye temporarily detained. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Better or Worser See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last Popeye cartoon produced with William Costello as the voice of the eponymous sailor. He became increasingly difficult to work with, and was fired for asking for a vacation in the middle of production. See more »

Quotes

Olive Oyl: [Stumbling around with her arms tied around a telephone pole] Where am I?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
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Written by Samuel Lerner
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Exponent For The Glories Of Depression Era Bachelorhood
25 September 2018 | by redryan64See all my reviews

WHATEVER THE PARTICULAR title, one can always rely on two things in a Max Fleischer/Paramount cartoon short: 1) There will be great use of the characters' interaction; which is usually just about over the same situation, the "Eternal Triangle" between Popeye, Olive Oyl and interloper, Bluto. 2) We will have very little to zero in the area of continuity with any previous entries of the film series.

FOR THESE TINY transgressions and departures from the King Features Syndicate comic strip, THIMBLE THEATER/POPEYE by E.C. Segar, we can grant our forgiveness. Any adaptations that were used for sake of expediency of story line in the one reel, self-contained story-lines were both minor and necessary.

IN THIS INSTALLMENT, we find our hero living inn a Men Only Bachelor residence, struggling with the multi-tasking chores of housekeeping. His answer, go to the local Matrimonial Service and find a bride. At the service he runs into, you've guessed it, none other than Bluto, himself. In this and many cartoons in the series, it is if the characters were total strangers; and in this case, that goes for Miss Olive Oyl also.

INTERESTINGLY, IN THIS and many other of the Fleischer series, there are many other of Segar's characters cast in unedited, unbilled supporting roles. Here we find an unmistakably hamburger munching Wimpy cast as the Justice of the Peace. Perhaps not as obvious and far lesser in audience recognition power is Olive's former beau, Harold Hamgravy (Ham Gravy for short), who is cast as the clerk at the matrimonial service.

WITH THIS SHORT'S release, we saw the final appearance of voice actor, William Costello doing Popeye. He was replaced by animator Jack Mercer, who continued to do so right up until his death in 1984.

FOR BETTER OR WORSER is also a great example of the POPEYE Series at its very pinnacle, with 1935 marking the high water level.


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