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Blondie (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 30 November 1938 (USA)
Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Richard Flournoy (screen play), Chic Young (based upon the comic strip created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling
Daisy ... Daisy
Ann Doran ... Elsie Hazlip
Dorothy Moore ... Dorothy
Gene Lockhart ... C.P. Hazlip
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Gordon Oliver ... Chester Franey
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Miller
Willie Best ... Porter
Ian Wolfe ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Eddie (scenes deleted)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Blondie and Dagwood are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary but this happy occasion is marred when the bumbling Dagwood gets himself involved in a scheme that is promising financial ruin for the Bumstead family. Camping on the porch of the Poor House would become the most-used prevalent plot line in the 27 series-films that followed. It was also an issue in the comic-strip for about a year after its inception when it was basically a continuity strip but, aside from Dagwood's inability to coax a pay-raise from Mr. Dithers over the years, the financial status of the family was seldom an issue when the format switched to a gag-a-day strip. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The funniest, most beloved family now on the screen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Official Sites:

Blondie: The Movie Series

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Família Blondie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The note for $563.80 that Dagwood co-signed would equate to almost $10,000 in 2018. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Haunted Mouse (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

One Night of Love
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
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Blondie was a pretty good start for the movie series based on Chic Young's comic strip
5 June 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

With this, the first in a movie series based on Chic Young's comic strip, Blondie has many elements and characters one associates with it like Dagwood often getting himself in hot water which his wife Blondie usually gets him out of though she isn't above some flaws herself when she jumps to conclusions like thinking he's having an affair. There's Dag's boss, J.C. Dithers, who also jumps to conclusions often resulting in him firing him before changing his mind when Dag does something good for the company. And then there's the Bumstead offspring of Baby Dumpling and the family dog, Daisy. Oh, also the mailman, Mr. Beasley who Dag always bumps into when he comes! All characters from the strip. One not from the strip is Alvin Fuddle who's Baby Dumpling's friend. Anyway, Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton are funny enough in their roles, Larry Simms is cute enough as the toddler, Daisy brings the funny with her takes, Jonathan Hale a good straight man for Lake as his boss, and Danny Mummert amusing enough with his exchanges with Simms. Oh, and Irving Bacon suitably flabbergasted as Mr. Beasley! There was one character I didn't like in this entry: Willie Best doing his stereotypical slow-witted Negro at the hotel. Good thing his part was brief. All in all, a fine initial entry for the long-running series. P.S. Since I like to cite when players from my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-are in something else, here it's not only Simms (who played the Bailey offspring Pete) and Mummert (who played Little Marty Hatch) but also Charles Lane (who was Potter's associate who told of Bailey Park and said he may work for George someday) who plays the furniture salesman here.


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