Shakespeare the sailor man

5th August 2014

Framegrab detail from Shakespearean Spinach (1940)

Many of the world’s most prominent Shakespeare academics are meetings this week in Stratford-upon-Avon for the invite-only International Shakespeare Conference. A highlight of the first day was the screening of Shakespearian Spinach as part of the paper by Professor Peter Holland. This 1940 Paramount animation features Popeye and Olive Oyl as Romeo and Juliet – and it is rather special. Here it is as today’s treat…


  1. Helene Giansante says:

    Popeye was always one of my favorites as a kid. I can just picture myself as a little girl, crouched in front of the TV, watching this after coming home from school.

    … now I need to go and eat my spinach salad for lunch.

    Thanks for posting, John.

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