Blondie (1938)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ...
Arthur Lake ...
Larry Simms ...
Daisy ...
Dorothy Moore ...
C.P. Hazlip
Jonathan Hale ...
Gordon Oliver ...
Chester Franey
Danny Mummert ...
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Miller
Willie Best ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal K. Dawson ...
Eddie (scenes deleted)
Chuck Hamilton ...
Policeman (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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The favorite comic strip of millions at last on the screen! See more »


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

30 November 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Família Blondie  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie underwent several changes in cast and crew. Aurania Rouverol (of the Andy Hardy series) was signed to adapt the comic strip, with Gloria Blondell to star and 'Sam Marx (I)' to produce. Then 'Stuart Erwin (I)' and Una Merkel were to star in the film. Finally, Shirley Deane was cast as Blondie, but was replaced by Penny Singleton (who bleached her hair blonde for the role) when she became ill. See more »


Referenced in The Haunted Mouse (1941) See more »


(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Arranged by Ben Oakland and George Parrish
Played as part of the score when Blondie and Dagwood see Baby Dumpling asleep
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Highly enjoyable fun. The first in a great comic series.
15 October 2001 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I have seen this and countless others in the series and always beat a path to the TV if I know any one them is on. AMC, in their less commercial era showed these every Sunday morning. Please watch these films if you have the opportunity. They are great, clean, non-violent family fun. And they work wonderfully well today.

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