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The Crystal Brawl (1957) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Animation / Short / Comedy / Family / Romance
Original Title: The Crystal Brawl
Director: Seymour Kneitel
Writers: Carl Meyer
Released: 1957
Duration: 8min
Video type: Movie
Bluto muscles out Popeye to take Olive to the fair. Popeye rushes ahead and poses as a fortune teller, luring Olive in. He shows Olive her future (actually, her past) in the crystal ball: first, a clip of a mountain climbing sequence that culminates in Bluto assaulting Olive. Then, a clip from another amusement park showing strongman Bluto stealing Olive away to a roller-coaster while Popeye rings a strength-testing bell repeatedly. Olive, having seen this, no longer wants anything to do with Bluto and walks out. Bluto exposes Popeye and chases Olive into a Tunnel of Love; Popeye follows and trashes Bluto.
Uncredited cast:
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck - Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer Jack Mercer - Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel Mae Questel - Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)

Reviews: [3]

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    It's courting time again for our two antagonists, both in sailor outfits and both courting you- know-who. Bluto gets the best of it early on and takes Olive Oyl to the fair where she "just dying to get my fortune told." (What an idiot!)

    At the fair, Popeye is outside a tent, wearing a beard, a turban, sitting on a rug and playing the flute: a regular swami. An "excited" Olive enters the tent with Bluto. Popeye then pretends to be the teller with the crystal ball.

    Olive gazes into the ball and sees a Swiss mountain scene in which Bluto is a mountain climbing guide and, of course, trying to impress Olive who was climbing the mouton with Popeye before the "guide" broke it.

    There are some funny sight gags in here, such as the elevator in the mountain, Bluto's short pants outfit and Olive's expanding legs while down between mountains. The second crystal ball "showing" also has some funny stuff with Bluto impressing Olive with his huge muscles. The wild chase on the roller coasting is a lot of fun to watch as is the whole thing.

    Tons of great scenes in here make this one of the most enjoyable Popeye cartoons I've watched.
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    The Crystal Brawl (1957)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    Popeye and Olive Oyl are supposed to go on a date but Bluto tells her a lie and ends up taking her to the local fair. Once there they go to have their future told but what they don't realize is that it's Popeye telling it.

    THE CRYSTAL BRAWL is another 1950's Popeye short where previous episodes are used to tell the story. This one here takes from two previous shorts and I've always said that it's hard to really enjoy them when they're edited and taken out of their original context. With that said, this here isn't too bad as there are a couple good fight scenes and some laughs. The highlight is certainly from the first short where we see Bluto chasing Olive Oyl up, down and through some mountains.