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Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 November 1939 (USA)
A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

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Encyclopedia Salesman
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Roy Gordon ...
Mr. Mason
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Miss White
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Miss Ferguson, School Principal
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Elderly Man (scenes deleted)
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A book salesman sells Blondie Bumstead a set of books on child training because he has convinced her that Baby Dumplin is a child prodigy. Meanwhile, J.C. Dithers, boss of Blondie's husband, Dagwood Bumstead, rips Dagwood for altering the plans on an apartment building the construction firm is building for Abner Cartwright and, to keep his job, Dagwood must get Cartwright to sign off on the changes - the latter refuses in order to escape from an unfavorable contract. Baby Dumpling, the genius, is registered at school and Daisy, accompanying him, is picked up by the dog-catcher on the way back home and taken to the pound. Daisy is adopted by Melinda Mason, the crippled daughter of one of the town's wealthiest men. Baby Dumpling looks everywhere and can not find Daisy, and plays hooky from school the next day. Immediately, Blondie and Dagwood suspect kidnapping, and Dagwood learns that Melinda, also missing, was last seen playing with a little boy and a dog. Dagwood promptly heads for ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Baby Goes To School... And You Go Into Stitches! See more »

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8 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blondie Educa o Filho  »

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| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It's been noted that Baby Dumpling was beat up at school for TWO reasons. 1. was for his Mother walking him to school. 2. His name was Baby Dumpling. Well it was a nickname. Anyway, Dagwood got Baby Dumpling to tell him why he got the black-eye so Dagwood suggested Baby Dumpling use his Real Name.......Dagwood. Later it was revealed during 'Blondie's Blessed Event' that his real name was Alexander. The comic strip probably hadn't given the boy a name yet and when the artist did, the movie writers went along with his name choice. See more »

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Followed by Blondie in Society (1941) See more »

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My Country 'Tis of Thee
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Music by Henry Carey (1744)
Sung a cappella by the schoolchildren
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Baby Dumpling has his first day in school.
29 December 2002 | by (Lancaster, California) – See all my reviews

Just when the new mailman thought he had a new clever idea to deliver the mail to the Bumsteads without the letters literally becoming air mail, here comes Dagwood again! Alvin (Danny Mummert) is back to visit his pal Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms) to exert his intelligence. Today is Baby Dumpling's first day in school and not all goes well. The next film in the series is BLONDIE ON A BUDGET.


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