The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Popeye and the Forty Thieves

I just finished reading Sir Richard Burton's translation of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Ali Baba was neither their leader nor one of the Forty, by the way), so I could not resist posting this classic 1937 animated short in which Popeye the Sailor meets the Forty Thieves. There were only a few of these longer, color Popeye cartoons in the 1930s, and they show the very effective three dimensional technique that the Fleischer studios employed.

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