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Blondie Goes to College (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 January 1942 (USA)
Dagwood decides to go to college. Blondie goes along with him, keeping their marriage a secret. They send Baby Dumpling off to military school where he becomes top sergeant. Blondie is ... See full summary »

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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Dagwood disguises himself as a drummer in the ship's conga band to sneak aboard a South American cruise ship. Blondie performs several song-and-dance routines.

Directors: Frank R. Strayer, Robert Sparks
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Cynical writer George Wickley arrives as the Bumstead household experiences the birth of daughter Cookie.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dagwood takes over the office in Dithers's absence and hires former WAC Mary Jane. Dagwood and the WAC become unemployed, the Bumsteads start their own business, and Dagwood gets his old job back.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dagwood gets in trouble with bookies and winds up in jail. Bank manager Samuel Breckinridge comes to his rescue to thank Dagwood for getting compulsive gambler Mrs. Breckinridge out of the casino just before the police raid.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Blondie's sudden windfall causes noting but trouble for the Bumstead family.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dagwood has been fired again and winds up in a hard-working labor crew while trying to get his old job back.

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Bumstead family dog, Daisy, becomes a top dog-model, and receives so much acclaim that she comes to the attention of a gangster's girl friend, who persuades the gang to kidnap Daisy for ransom. Blondie and Dagwood go to Daisy's rescue.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Bumsteads are trying to leave on their vacation but one thing after another (including Radcliffe stealing their luggage) is stopping them.

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
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Dagwood decides to go to college. Blondie goes along with him, keeping their marriage a secret. They send Baby Dumpling off to military school where he becomes top sergeant. Blondie is hounded by the campus stud and Dagwood makes the rowing team. It is revealed that a new child is on the way. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The BUMSTEADS Are Going To College... So Folks Will Stop Calling Them The DUMBSTEADS! See more »

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| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

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

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J.C. Dithers: [to Blondie] Dagwood will probably come back from college smart as a whip.
[closes door]
J.C. Dithers: ...but I doubt it.
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Follows Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939) See more »

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As If You Didn't Know
Written by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin
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The Bumsteads recapture their youth
13 April 2001 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

BLONDIE GOES TO COLLEGE (Columbia, 1942), directed by Frank R. Strayer, is a so-so entry to the tenth installment of the highly popular movie series. Instead of opening this segment in typical fashion at the breakfast table with Blondie (Penny Singleton) telling husband Dagwood (Arthur Lake) that he's late for work, thus, having Dag rushing out the door and running into the neighborhood postman (often played by Irving Bacon), the story begins at a football stadium where, after watching a scored touchdown with his wife, son and dog Daisy, Dagwood gets the urge to want to return to school and get a college education. Blondie (who is pregnant with their second child but keeps it a secret from Dagwood for the time being), is against the idea, and after discussing this with Dagwood's boss, Mr. Dithers (Jonathan Hale), he convinces her to let Dagwood take some time off from work and enroll in order to get the college bug out of his system. Taking Dithers's advice, the Bumsteads enroll at Leighton College, and leave their young son, Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms) at a military school. While at Leighton, Blondie and Dagwood pose as a single couple, thus having Blondie chased by the football hero (Larry Parks) and Dagwood getting involved with a pretty co-ed (Janet Blair).

Bright and original idea becomes a bit mediocre at times, but the story does include some funny moments, especially with Dagwood wanting to participate in athletic sports, and failing in almost all of them. One very funny moment that stands in mind for me is when Blondie and Dagwood are in Professor Mixwell's (Cliff Nazarro) classroom where the instructor speaks in nothing but double-talk. Mixwell is "understood" by the other students but confuses Blondie, though Dagwood tries to impress Blondie by pretending to know what Mixwell is saying by "jotting down notes" and looking quite attentive. Otherwise, the rest of the movie is routine with few laughs. The movie closes with the Bumsteads leaving college with Blondie singing "We'll Remember Leighton." Series regular Danny Mummert returns as Baby Dumpling's next door neighbor friend, Alvin Fuddow, who accompanies him in military school, and of course, the Bumstead dog, Daisy, adding some humor. It's also interesting seeing then unknown actors on the career rise being featured in this film episode, particularly Larry Parks (of the 1946 hit "The Jolson Story") and Janet Blair. Then there's a tall and thin Lloyd Bridges as one of the college students; Adele Mara as Babs; and future TV character actor Sid Melton (the carpenter of TV's GREEN ACRES of the 1960s) appearing as "Mouse." Formerly shown on the American Movie Classics cable channel from 1996 to 2001, BLONDIE GOES TO COLLEGE can be found on either video cassette or the DVD package. Next installment: BLONDIE'S BLESSED EVENT (1942). (**1/2)


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