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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Popeye: Spinach Fer Britain

Here is a new one for me.  Our favorite squinty-eyed, swollen-forearmed, pipe-smoking sailor becomes part of the Lend Lease program, and sails a cargo of spinach to the UK.  After dealing with a Nazi U-Boat, Popeye delivers his cargo - and the U-Boat - to No. 10 Downing Street.  I especially like the V for Victory toot (dot dot dot daaaaaaaaaaaaaaah) on his pipe at the end.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1943 animated short, Spinach Fer Britain

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