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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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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 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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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 Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946) See more »


One Night of Love
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
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Great casting; very entertaining.
6 February 1999 | by (Springfield, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake epitomize the Blondie and Dagwood comic strip characters. Child actors Larry Simms and Danny Mummert are delightful as Baby Dumpling and Alvin Fuddle especially considering how young they were. Daisy the dog was well-trained. The movie is entertaining and well worth watching.

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