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Cops Is Always Right

Cops Is Always Right (1938) - Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series Cops Is Always Right

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  • Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series
  • Distributed by: Adolph Zukor
  • Cartoon Characters: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Cop.
  • Originally Released in 1938.
  • Black & White
  • Running Time: 7:05 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:


Popeye proclaims, "I always respects the law!" Then, throughout the cartoon, he breaks it.

A big, beefy cop is controlling traffic at an intersection. The film opens with Popeye's law-abiding proclamation at the same time that he plows his jalopy of a car into the police officer in front of Olive Oyl's apartment house. The cop writes Popeye a ticket and yells at him to get moving.

Popeye drives away to Olive Oyl's house. Upstairs, Olive Oyl is washing dishes, wiping each one by flipping it on her rump and twisting. There's great animation in these scenes, with cutaway backgrounds of Popeye climbing the stairs through the apartment house and a bird's-eye view of Popeye as Olive insists that he "make the bedroom the parlor and the parlor the bedroom." Olive asks Popeye to move some of her furniture around, which he accomplishes by wrapping the furniture in each room in its rug and tossing them into the other room. She then asks him to put a big, heavy chest into her closet, which results in it falling with Popeye through several levels of the apartment building. She then asks him to move her piano, but when he has her help by getting underneath, he hears the cop in the street yelling, and he lets the piano fall on her, resulting in her getting tangled up with the piano's mechanism.

During the entire exchanges with Olive Oyl, Popeye repeatedly offends the police officer by continuing to park his car in the wrong spots. These gags include parking by a fire hydrant and parking in front of a firehouse. Popeye lets a flowerpot fall from the apartment window, knocking out the cop below.

Finally, Popeye gives up trying to respect the law entirely, and, conscience-stricken, he places the police officer and himself in his jalopy, driving both of them to the police station. He locks himself into a jail cell while tooting his pipe with a play on a line from his own famous song: "I always respects the law 'cause I'm Popeye the sailor man!"

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Very delightful--a neat little twist on Popeye's supposedly-larger-than-life characterization, here he's an average schmoe who doesn't realize when he's running a tad afoul of the law. He's a bit more endearing here (the attempts of...  (read more)

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This cartoon is the begining of the decline in the Fleischer Popeyes on at least two levels. At least the situations involving Olive's spring cleaning give Popeye something to do here.
Other than that, the routine is that an abrasive Policeman...  (read more)

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Another excellent use of slapstick & sight gags. In the end Popeye litterly throws himself in jail.

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