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Blondie (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 30 November 1938 (USA)
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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Dorothy Moore ...
Dorothy
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C.P. Hazlip
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Chester Franey
Danny Mummert ...
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Miller
Willie Best ...
Porter
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Hal K. Dawson ...
Eddie (scenes deleted)
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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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Out of the "Funnies"... Straight into Your Heart! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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30 November 1938 (USA)  »

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A Família Blondie  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Followed by Blondie for Victory (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(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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Excellent Start to the Series
31 December 2004 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Dagwood is in trouble needing to raise $563 to pay back on an endorsement check that went sour to a woman named Elsie. Dithers (Dagwood's boss) says he will give Dagwood $600 as a bonus (plus a $10 raise that Blondie has been wanting Dagwood to get) if he can secure the contract from developer C.P. Hazlip. Hazlip, not wanting to see any salesmen such as Dagwood, becomes friends with Dagwood while indulging in one of their hobbies, tinkering (in this case a vacuum). Blondie becomes jealous when a man from the finance company comes to the house about "Elsie's note". Blondie suspects her husband is having an affair and confirms her suspicions when she finds Dagwood at Hazlip's hotel with his daughter Elsie. Dithers believes Dagwood is not getting any headway with the Hazlip deal so he fires him (not the first or last time this will happen) and Dagwood is further in Daisy's doghouse when Blondie, her mother and sister believe he is unfaithful. What is our lovable protagonist to do? I haven't seen any other films in the Blondie series, but it is easy to tell this is a standout film. Singleton and Lake are the perfect people to play the lead roles and Simms is adorable as Baby Dumpling. The script has numerous funny scenes, many of which are humorous touches to the film that don't develop the scenario further, but that is no big deal here. At the beginning of the film, the scenes alternating with Dagwood and Blondie didn't seem that smooth, but that may be the only flaw of the film. Rating, 9.


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