with Terry Salomonson
Popeye on the Radio #3
Popeye Goes to the Circus, Popeye Meets Robin Hood,
Popeye Meets a Giant (1936)
Plus, 78 RPM Records:
Popeye Movie Medley -
Radio Popeye Floyd Buckley with Olive Oyl and Orchestra
Popeye the Sailor Man - Billy Murray (1931)
FRED FREES HERE
Olive Lamoy played Olive Oyl and Charles Lawrence voiced Wimpy in the shows. These Broadway veterans were also somewhat inept at recreating their screen counterparts. Child actor Jimmy Donnelly
Wheatena decided that they would not renew their sponsorship for a third season of the Popeye Radio Show when King Features' asking price for the broadcast rights to the character was raised well beyond what the New Jersey-based company felt was fair and profitable.
But a year later in the Spring of 1938, Joe Lowe Corporation's Popsicle, Fudgsicle and Creamsicle advertising signs began springing up at retail outlets proclaiming "Listen for Popeye on the Radio after May 1st." CBS again aired the show from May 2, 1938 thru July 29, 1938 on three nights a week for 15 minutes at 6:15pm. Because of its brief run, references to who played Popeye and other enlightening background information is still elusive, outside of the fact Popsicle sponsored 39 episodes. Kids who saved Joe Lowe brand frozen confection product wrappers could exchange them for store items, such as the Popeye Pipe Toss game, the Bubble Pipe set, the harmonica, Jeep and Popeye figurines, as well as other neat toys.
The Popeye Radio Show was definitely targeted to young kids. While there is little to recommend the show to adult audiences today, just the idea of Popeye on the radio is extremely intriguing. As a result, Wheatena and Popsicle advertising items promoting the show are earnestly sought by collectors of both radio and comic character genres.
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