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Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  8 March 1939 (USA)
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Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

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Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ...
Arthur Lake ...
Larry Simms ...
Jonathan Hale ...
Dithers
Danny Mummert ...
Alvin
Daisy ...
Daisy
Dorothy Moore ...
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Marvin Williams
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Francine Rogers (as Linda Winters)
Stanley Brown ...
Joel Dean ...
Freddie Turner
Richard Fiske ...
Nelson
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Betty Lou Wood
Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra ...
Skinnay Ennis Band
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Dagwood Bumstead quits his job when his long-awaited vacation is postponed. Blondie asks J.C. Dithers to give Dagwood his job back, and Dithers agrees but on the condition that Blondie take charge of the office while he is in Washington closing a deal. Dagwood, left to tend the house while Blondie goes to work, succumbs to a neighbor's suggestion to go fishing and leaves Baby Dumpling in care of Blondie's sister, Dot, in town for a jitterbug contest. While fishing, Dagwood meets two entertainers from the Garden Cafe and when one of them, Francine, almost overturns the boat, Dagwood grabs to save her, and the "glutch" is photographed. Blondie has the film from Dagwood's camera developed, and Dithers wires her to buy some land owned by the Garden Club proprietor before he learns that it has been approved as the site of the new airport. Enroute, she picks up the developed film. Dagwood has wandered off to play pool, and Dot and her boy friend, Freddie, take Baby Dumpling with them to the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RIGHT ON THE HEELS OF THEIR FIRST HEART-WARMING SUCCESS...in the second of this grand series of family life comedies...based on CHIC YOUNG'S famous comic strip! (original poster_ See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blondie & Cª  »

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| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Absolutely hilarious, the second Blondie film
7 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is even funnier and more delightful than the first one. Daisy the Dog, Baby Dumpling, and his playmate from next door, Alvin Fuddle, get up to even better hijinks and say even cuter things, and the gags and sight-gags fly thick and fast. Jonathan Hale, who plays Dagwood's boss J. C. Dithers, the head of Dithers Construction Company, is here brought into the story as more of a character in this film, and he will remain that way for the rest of the long series. Dagwood and Blondie are all set to have their first holiday in two years, when the horrid Dithers orders Dagwood to cancel it and stay behind to help him land a contract. Dagwood resigns in protest. When he gets home, Blondie decides to take matters into her own hands, and goes to see Dithers. She ends up doing the job for Dagwood, though it all goes horribly wrong without her knowledge and the situation is only saved inadvertently by Dagwood's congenital idiocy. As usual, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake are marvellous in their roles, and Larry Simms as Baby Dumpling and Danny Mummert as Alvin are just as astonishing as ever. While Blondie is taking his place in his office, Dagwood is left at home being a house husband and gets bored, so he is persuaded by Alvin's father to go on a fishing trip, where he meets a nightclub singer named Francine Rogers, which will lead to multiple complications and misunderstandings for the rest of the film, with Blondie getting jealous and threatening divorce. The plot is really too complicated to summarize, but each new twist is funnier than the last. Daisy has plenty of occasions to raise her ears in shock and dismay, Baby Dumpling gets lots of opportunities to show that he, aged five, is wiser than his parents, Blondie gets to prove she can do her husband's job better than he can, Dagwood wins a dance context by mistake, and countless mishaps, accidents, misunderstandings, and unfortunate coincidences get to mount up into a mountain a fun. This film is particularly notable for having several top jitterbug dancers of the period do some astonishing dance routines, which are classics of the genre and deserve to be seen by period dance afficionadoes.


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