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, April 24, 2010

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor

I just recently realized that all of the three longer, color Popeye cartoons from Fleischer Studios in the mid-1930's feature a story line associated with the Tales of a Thousand and One Arabian Nights:  Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, and this short.  Sinbad does not look that Arabian in this version, but the Roc, a giant bird that carries Sinbad to safety in the same Arabian Nights story, makes an appearance.  From 1936 and the Internet Archive, here is Popeye Meets Sinbad the Sailor.

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