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Her Honor the Mare
Popeye produces countless drawings to create a homemade animated cartoon. Afterwards, he shows it to an eager audience consisting of his nephews and Olive Oyl: his masterpiece, entitled "Wages of Sin (Less 20%)" features effects and music by him (the hornpipe included) and stars the cartoon-in-a-cartoon version of himself, Olive and a cow as they contend with "Roger Blackleg", a mustachioed, Willy Wormwood-esque antagonist. After the villain unsuccessfully tries to woo Olive then abducts her, she telephones Popeye, who was away finding his fortune. A lengthy chase ensues on horseback, over the water, and even on bull/turtle-back or kangaroo-pouch as Olive is cruelly tied to railroad tracks by Roger Blackleg. When one of the boys in the audience accidentally hits the high-speed switch, the chase becomes ever more frantic and the presentation slides all along the walls, from the projector moving out of place. The animated film is attentively followed to its happy spinach-filled conclusion as finally projected onto Olive's nose.
- This was the last Popeye cartoon in black and white.
- Interestingly, Olive being tied to the railroad tracks and saved by Popeye at the end bears a strong resemblance to the end of the inaugural Popeye the Sailor cartoon from Fleischer Studios; considering that this was the final black and white short, both episodes make for fitting bookends to the era.
- Cartoons Ain't Human at the Internet Movie Database