The Popeye Club

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Check out this informative post by John McElwee on his Greenbriar Pictures Shows blog. McElwee describes what a 1930s Saturday matinee Popeye Club meeting was like, recalling the memories of a local theatre manager and illustrating the post with vintage Popeye short subject trade ads. Ahh, those were the days!


  • Chris

    Here’s another look at the Popeye Club and its pipe/kazoo premium. It was a hit in the Bay Area, judging from the pictures:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~thimbletheatre/spotlightclub.html

  • http://portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    Wow! What a beautiful chunk of yesteryears!! It was worth it just for the L&H segment alone! Thank YOO!

  • http://www.awprunes.blogspot.com/ Larry Levine

    Though the 1930s Popeye Club was way before my time, I am old enough to remember watching him in the lates 60s/early 70s on WPIX Channel 11 hosted by ‘Captain’ Jack McCarthy–those were the days too!

  • Christopher Cook

    Terrific stuff there. In 1957, Atlanta TV station WSB/ch. 2 had a weekday afternoon show called “The Popeye Club,” hosted by Don Kennedy (as “Officer Don”), and it ran for 12 years. At first they ran the Fleischer and Paramount/Famous cartoons (all with the infamous A.A.P. tags) but by 1960s, those cartoons were relegated to weekends as the Brodax cartoons were now featured weekdays.

  • http://www.awprunes.blogspot.com/ Larry Levine

    “At first they ran the Fleischer and Paramount/Famous cartoons (all with the infamous A.A.P. tags) but by 1960s, those cartoons were relegated to weekends as the Brodax cartoons were now featured weekdays.”

    In NYC, Channel 11 had the Fleischer/Famous A.A.P. package & sometime in the late 70s just as Ch. 11 (at this point calling themselves 11 Alive) were dropping the classic Popeye cartoons, WNEW Metromedia Channel 5 (now WNYW Fox) began showing the King Features series. There were no classic Popeye cartoons shown in NYC until the late 1980s when WWOR Ch. 9 picked up the Turner colorized package.

  • Tom Pope

    By the way, “The Prisoner of Shark Island”, a 1936 movie starring a way-, way-pre-Titanic Gloria Stuart and featured on one of the Popeye Club posters, is airing on TCM tonight (Monday the 10th). So pop in a Popeye DVD before the feature and you’re there.

  • Kevin Butler

    Dear Mr.Larry Levine,

    “Capt.Jack”McCarthy was not the first sea captain mc to

    screen the “Popeye”movie cartoons on WPIX TV Ch.11 NYC’s

    “Popeye Show”.

    “Capt.Allen”Swft was the first to mc the show weekday evenings

    from Monday September 10,1956 to Friday September 23,1960.

    “Capt.Ray”Heatherton(Formerley WOR TV Ch.9 NYC’s

    “Merry Mailman”)hosted the show weekend evenings from Saturday

    & Sunday September 8, & 9,1956 to Sunday April 13,1958.

    “Capt.Jack”McCarthy hosted the show weekday evenings &

    Afternoons from Monday September 26,1960 to September,1972.