Café waitress Olive Oyl prefers the company of "a clean-shaven man"; alas, both Popeye and Bluto are in dire need of a shave and haircut. The two buddies make a beeline to the local barber shop, but proprietor Wimpy is nowhere to be found ("Probably gone fer a hamburger", grumbles Popeye). Undaunted, Popeye generously offers to shave and groom Bluto, and vice versa. But though Popeye lives up to his end of the bargain, Bluto gives Popeye "the works" in the worst way, leaving the one-eyed sailor in deplorable condition. The superb closing gag features a rare screen appearance by Mr. Geezil, one of the many colorful supporting characters in E.C. Segar's daily "Popeye" comic strip. Dominating the soundtrack of A Clean Shaven Man is the jazzy title tune, which unfortunately was absent in the 1953 remake Shaving Mugs.
~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide