|Popeye rings the bell to Olive's apartment.|
|Olive tells Popeye she loves Barnacle Bill instead!|
|Bill's entrance has left Olive stuck in the wall (I was so tempted to|
say she was "plastered")!
Bill forces his way in, knocking Olive aside, and starts looking for Olive (not realizing that he's knocked her into the wall next to the door). Bill demands to know who Popeye is, and he tells Popeye that he's too late, Olive is going with him (the singing stops during this). Popeye insists Olive is staying (each of them punctuates their argument with a blow to Olive!).
|Barnacle Bill uses Popeye as a punching bag!|
|Popeye gets Bill to hold the spinach for him... Bill has no clue!|
|Popeye sends Bill back to sea!|
|Olive is ready to marry Popeye now, but Popeye's had second thoughts!|
While a fun cartoon and a bit of a change of pace, there's not a lot to recommend it other than the novelty of most of the dialogue being sung instead of just spoken. Most of the usual elements are gone -- Popeye does little or no muttering under his breath, the only display of his strength and toughness is how he is able to handle Bill's beatings... he's never really in trouble at all when he eats his spinach, either... he's just fed up with the situation and wants to get it over and done with.
|Left alone, with neither sailor hers... until she switches allegiances|
to a different branch of the armed forces!
There's an alarming lack of visual gags in this cartoon, as well -- about the only good gag is the Rock of Gibraltar appearing on Popeye's bicep when he eats his spinach. Perhaps when Bill was punched out of the window and bounced off of buildings, the entire area could've become a gigantic pinball machine, with windows "lighting up" and bells ringing. No transformation punches, either! The funniest gag is when Popeye gets Bill to hold his spinach for him before he eats it and starts mopping up the place with him.
I believe the "Barnacle Bill" theme would appear in some later cartoons. You'll recall it was used in the first Popeye cartoon as Bluto's theme. The song itself is the most interesting thing about this cartoon, as it was originally an American drinking song adapted from a traditional folk song. It's been around since well before 1927, when the first lyrics were published. The original song is... well, bawdy is putting it lightly, as the lyrics are all about Bill wanting to have sex with the maiden! Clearly, these lyrics weren't going to be useable for the Fleischers (who had also used the tune in a Betty Boop cartoon). All-new lyrics for the cartoon were written, although one has to imagine that most of the adults watching the cartoon in the theater were at least familiar with the tune, if not the original lyrics.