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W'ere on Our Way to Rio (1944)

Popeye and Bluto sing the title song on their way to Rio riding on the back of a donkey. In Rio, they visit a nightclub, where the featured singer/dancer is, of course, Olive Oyl. Both of ... See full summary »

Director:

Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)

Writers:

Jack Mercer (story), Jack Ward (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Dave Barry ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Margie Hines Margie Hines ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye and Bluto sing the title song on their way to Rio riding on the back of a donkey. In Rio, they visit a nightclub, where the featured singer/dancer is, of course, Olive Oyl. Both of the boys instantly fall for her, but she only has eyes for Popeye. Bluto figures he'll get his revenge by claiming the awkward Popeye is a champion samba dancer. He tries to fake it, and to hide from the spotlight, but no luck, until he breaks out the spinach. Bluto tries various other ways to sabotage his dancing, but the spinach-powered Popeye is too fleet of foot for Bluto to do any harm. In a final twirl with Olive, they end up with their clothes swapped. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karl-Alfred i Rio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Margie Hines is credited with the voice of Olive Oyl in this short, in fact, the character here sings in excellent Portuguese for the first part of the song, and then in English in a thick Brazilian accent. The voice sounds nothing like Margie Hines or Mae Questel and may have in fact been that of the woman who did the samba dance movements for both Olive and Popeye. See more »

Goofs

When the orchestra drummer strikes his tenor drum, it produces the tone of a bass drum, and vice versa. See more »

Soundtracks

Samba, Samba
sung by Margaret Hines(?)
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Popeye Dances The Samba
27 December 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

World War II brought cultural exchanges between the two America's. Many film studios dabbled into Latin American culture during this time. This lively Popeye short was one of his first in Technicolor and it benefits greatly with a brilliant use of color. Popeye and Bluto ride into Rio on an Ox and go to a nightclub, where they oogle over the Samba dancer (Olive Oyle). I can only wonder if this sequence was inspired by Tex Avery's RED HOT RIDING HOOD which caught moviegoers by storm the previous year. (A South American themed Avery short with Red, the Wolf, and Droopy would have been interesting).

The gags and timing are nicely executed. Popeye's impromptu Samba dancing is both impressive and funny. I wonder who voiced the Samba dancer. It couldn't have been Olive Oyle's regular voice at that time.

An excellent contibution to America's wartime Good Neighbor policy. Well worth seeking out and now available on Blu-Ray fully restored.


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