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Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy | 20 July 1939 (USA)
Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

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The Bumsteads are heading to the mountains for a summer vacation. Departing the train they learn that the gent they had trouble with on the trip, and they seek out another hotel. The one they find is owned by an elderly couple and is on the verge of bankruptcy. The Bumsteads decide to help save the old Mom-and-Pop homestead for Mom and Pop. It doesn't take long for them to begin wondering whether Dagwood is for them or against them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 July 1939 (USA)  »

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| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

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The third of twenty-eight Blondie movies starring Penny Singleton as Blondie Bumstead and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead. See more »

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Followed by Blondie Plays Cupid (1940) See more »

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Love in Bloom
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played at the Lake Hotel and Sung by Christine McIntyre (uncredited)
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Yet another nice installment of family fun.
19 June 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the space of a little over a decade, a couple dozen Blondie and Dagwood films were made. Obviously, they were very popular B-movies and after having seen quite a few of them I can understand why. They were fun little pictures...with likable characters and stories. Plus, they managed to have the same three actors play their roles...and you get to see Baby Dumpling go from early childhood to his teenage years...something very unique for any series of films.

Here in "Blondie Takes a Vacation", the story picks up exactly where it left off in the previous film. The Bumsteads FINALLY get to go on the vacation they were supposed to take in "Blondie Meets the Boss". However, as you'd expect, the family's trip turns out to bring all sorts of surprises. First, on the train they meet up with a very nasty guy. And, when they arrive at their hotel, they find this same guy is the owner...Mr. Morton (Donald McBride...who made a career out of playing grouches!). Morton is a spiteful guy and refuses to honor their reservation and so they are forced to stay in the only other hotel...a place that is practically deserted. Why? Because Morton's been working hard to destroy his competition and stands to cheat these nice people out of their hotel. As a result, Blondie and Dagwood promise to help them try to make a go of it.

The best part of the film is how Baby Dumpling manages to do so much to help the good guys...and so much to destroy bad Mr. Morton! I especially liked when Baby met up with that bad kitty! Well written and fun...and well worth your time.


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