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Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 July 1940 (USA)
Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the ... See full summary »

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Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the work of the butler and his wife who figure the house rightfully belongs to them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Bumsteads are all steamed up...as Dagwood gets in an awful stew! See more »

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The sixth of 28 Blondie movies starring Penny Singleton as Blondie Bumstead and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead. See more »

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Follows Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939) See more »

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Enjoyable fun, though there are better films in the series..
13 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Columbia Pictures made 28 Blondie and Dagwood films from 1939 through 1950 and they starred Arthur Lake (Dagwood), Penny Singleton (Blondie), Larry Simms (Baby Dumpling) and Daisy (as Daisy). And while there is a sort of quaint innocence about them, they are enjoyable family entertainment.

In this installment, Blondie is nagging Dagwood to ask Mr. Dithers for a raise, as she wants a maid. However, considering Dagwood is a working class stiff and Dithers is a tightwad, it's not surprising when Dagwood is told a loud and firm 'NO'! However, Mr. Dithers has an inspiration--instead of a raise, he'll let the Bumsteads stay in a mansion the company owns--hoping that by having some people living in it will make it easier to sell. Unfortunately, a maniac is loose and arrives at the house. So, instead of a nice getaway, it look like trouble for the Bumsteads.

This film is typical fun for the series--with Daisy and Baby Dumpling stealing most of the scenes. The only negative I notices is the presence of Ray Turner as 'Horatio'. Turner's career generally consisted of playing scared black men--a terrible stereotype that as once again exploited here in this film. Fortunately, however, despite this the Bumsteads treat him pretty much like part of the family--making this depiction a bit more progressive than usual.


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