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This article is about the animated short. For the character, see Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh.

Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh (cartoon)
Number 59
The House Builder-Upper
I Yam Love Sick

Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh is Popeye's 59th theatrical cartoon, from Fleischer Studios, which was released on April 22, 1938. The producer was Max Fleischer; the music supervisor was Lou Fleischer; Popeye was voiced by Jack Mercer while Mae Questel voiced Olive Oyl and Gus Wickie provided the voice for the titular Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh.


In an Indian village, chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh sings about his intentions to get himself a squaw, while travelers Popeye and Olive Oyl approach on a donkey. When their animal refuses to continue to walk, the ensuing struggle causes Olive to be kicked away and right beside the Chief in his village. The latter promptly offers her jewelry in his intentions to make her his bride, which the oblivious Olive happily accepts. Popeye's bursting in on the scene angers the Chief, however, and the sailor is challenged to a hatchet duel - after some demonstrations of archery and fire-making from the warriors. The chief receives extra help from the braves, and Popeye soon ends up tied to a pole to be burned alive. However, he is able to eat his spinach in order to get free and make his own superior demonstrations of shooting and fire-building. He also ties up the whole tribe and ends up worshiped by the former chief, alongside Olive.


Title song

Me, Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh,
Gotta have a squaw!
Oh, heap big warrior,
Bet-ter look a-round!
Me, Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh,
Not a kid no more!
Oh, bide my time with squaw
And set-tle down!
I gotta have-'em princess! (Princess!)
So we'll make-'em pow-wow! (Pow-wow!)
Me gotta find-'em princess! (Princess!)
(You said it and how-wow!)
Me, Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh,
Gotta have a squaw!

Closing theme

I licked 'im, and how-wow!
There'll be no more Pow-wow!
Sez Popeye The Sailor Man!


  • When Popeye tosses the Big Chief away, he says "I guess that's the last of the Mohikuafs", which is a reference to the 1826 historical novel The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757.

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