Never Kick a Woman (1936)

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In a clever twist on the standard formula, it is Olive Oyl who eats the spinach and fights for her man Popeye in this cartoon. The catalyst for this role-reversal is a sexy, Mae West-like female boxing trainer, who shamelessly flirts with Popeye while ostensibly putting Olive through a grueling exercise regimen. In one of the best gags, the predatory villainess repeatedly punches Olive in the face, causing her hairstyle to change with each successive blow. The musical score includes the original song "Learn the Art of Self Defense", sung by both Popeye and Olive.