|WPIX TV Ch.11 became the first NYC based tv station to screen reruns of the Popeye Movie Cartoons. Seen Weekday evenings beginning on Monday September 10,1956. The program was set against the backdrop of the deck of a ship and interior of the captain's cabin.
Radio/tv broadcaster and entertainer Allen Swift would serve as the program's first sea captain host/performer. Captain Allen would perform magic tricks, songs, engage his viewers in craftmaking, hobbies, drawings lessions, chalk talks, informational segments, contests and interview guest performers and personalities in between the reruns of the films.
The show became a hit with NYC's kids and became a top ratings winner, beating out WABD TV Ch.5's Looney Tunes Show and Bugs Bunny Theater. Along with it's weekday evening edition of the show, Ch.11 also aired a Weekend version of the program, which was mc'd by WOR TV's former Merry Mailman: Ray Heatherton. Swift and Heatherton hosted WPIX TV's Popeye Show until they both left the show following creative disputes with station management. Ch.11's staff announcer and co-founder Jack McCarthy would become the series third and last host/performer on Monday evening September 26, 1960. Captain Jack would continue to mc The Popeye Show until the series was forced off the air in September, 1972.