Tag "Popeye"
Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater (Apr, 1940)

That is a distinctly chunky Olive Oyl.

Checking some online auction sites there are apparently three of these sets in existence that go from collection to collection.

The figures are known as ramp walkers (or incline walkers). (Charlie’s Loyal Minions)

Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater

In a “mystery” toy theater, comic figures made of wood walk either forward or backward across the stage, without the benefit | of winding or mechanism of any kind. The actors also perform as well outside the theater, on any inclined board, for the secret of their ability is that they move by gravity. Standing five and a half inches high, they are modeled and hand-painted to represent familiar comic-strip characters.

Ceiling Movies ROUT Fears of Patient (Jul, 1935)

Ceiling Movies ROUT Fears of Patient

A BOSTON dentist has discovered a new sort of “anesthetic,” in the form of motion pictures, which he claims is so effective that patients refuse to leave the chair at the conclusion of their dental work.

Real Scenery for Popeye (Nov, 1936)

Real Scenery for Popeye


LIKE immense slices of pie on a twelve-foot plate, curious miniature movie sets made of clay, wood, sponges, plaster, and cardboard now add new realism to animated cartoons by creating an illusion of depth. In the New York studios where Popeye, Betty Boop, and other famous characters of the screen cartoons come to life, such sets are replacing the flat, sketched-in backgrounds familiar in the past.

MOVIE CARTOONS Gain THIRD Dimension (Jul, 1936)


MAX FLEISCHER worked a full year to produce 250 feet of motion picture film on one of the first animated cartoons ever to reach the silver screen. Alone, he made thousands of drawings, wrote the story, and did the photography. The animated cartoon was “Out of the Ink Well.” It made movie history just after the World War.

Today he has a staff of 225 people who turn cut a 650-foot animated cartoon every ten days. All of them are in sound, many in color and, latest of all, with three dimensions. The famous “Popeye the Sailor” animateds are leaders in the field; “Betty Boop,” “Ko-Ko the Klown,” and the familiar Screen Songs with the famous bouncing ball are known to every movie-goer. They are released through Paramount Pictures Corporation.