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9 April 1942 (USA) See more »
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Blondie has a baby... Dagwood has a fit... You'll have hysterics!
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Cynical writer George Wickley arrives as the Bumstead household experiences the birth of daughter Cookie. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Penny Singleton ... Blondie
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling (Alexander) Bumstead
Daisy ... Daisy
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle

Hans Conried ... George Wickley
Stanley Brown ... Ollie Shaw
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Crumb

Mary Wickes ... Sarah Miller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Barclay ... Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Harvey ... William Lawrence (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Motorcycle Cop Who Names The Baby 'Cookie' (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... Interne (uncredited)
Eileen O'Hearn ... (uncredited)
Dorothy Ann Seese ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Norma Jean Wayne ... Baby Cookie Bumstead (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank R. Strayer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karen DeWolf  story
Richard Flournoy  story
Connie Lee 
Chic Young  comic strip characters

Produced by
Robert Sparks .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Art Department
Jerome Pycha Jr. .... associate art director
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
 

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69 min | USA:72 min (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Although Blondie is about to give birth to Cookie, due to the Hays Code, she could have no physical indication that she is expecting.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Here Comes Cookie, 4 December 2006
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

BLONDIE'S BLESSED EVENT (Columbia, 1942), directed by Frank R. Strayer, the eleventh installment to the popular family series based on Chic Young's comic strip characters is, what the title says, "Blondie's Blessed Event." What the title doesn't incline is an uninvited house guest whom Dagwood had earlier befriended who makes himself so much at home that he doesn't want to leave. Aside from the birth of the new offspring named Cookie, there's another blessed event is the birth of Daisy's five puppies, and without a male dog around or seen(if one counts Daisy being a male dog "herself"), having a litter of puppies comes as a surprise, even more of a miracle for Blondie being in her ninth month and having a normal waist line.

Plot summary: Blondie (Penny SIngleton) is expecting (pregnant by today's terms), and the birth can occur at any time. Being a father again has made husband Dagwood (Arthur Lake) such a nervous wreck, complicating matters at both home and at the office. As a favor for Blondie, Mr. Dithers (Jonathan Hale), Dagwood's boss, agrees to help out by sending him to Chicago for a few days to attend a business convention where he is to make a speech. While in Chicago, strolling up and down the hallway rehearsing his speech, Dagwood encounters a guest next door named George Wickley (Hans Conried), a struggling playwright, who immediately takes advantage of Dagwood's good nature by eating his "Dagwood sandwich" and rewording his written speech in exchange for a meal. The convention proves successful for Dagwood as he makes the front page of various newspapers, thanks to George's revised speech. In gratitude, Dagwood tells George that whenever he's in town, to look him up. (Bad mistake!). Upon his return home, Dagwood helps with the household chores, assisted by his son, Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms) while Blondie is at the maternity hospital. After the birth of their newborn daughter (Norma Jean Wayne), the Bumsteads return home via taxi to find George Wickley from Chicago sitting on his suitcase waiting at their front door. True to his word, Dagwood invites him to be his guest. Blondie becomes furious when George takes charge, eating them out of house and home, hiring Sarah Miller (Mary Wickes), an obnoxious housekeeper yearning to become an actress, takes charge in minding the baby and the household chores. The last straw occurs after Dagwood gets his much needed raise from Mr. Dithers, with the help of George speaking on his behalf. Blondie has a showdown with George, ordering him to leave. Things really get complicated as Baby Dumpling, now insisting on being called Alexander, who wants "Uncle George" to stay, for reasons of his own.

Enjoyable entry with real life situations to what many can relate to re-enacted on screen, particularly with older child's jealously towards a newborn member and not getting the attention he once had as a only child, relying on an outside source for attention. How many have been put into a situation in accommodating for a guest who overstays his welcome? Such as the case with the Bumsteads with their guest not having a clue, or purposely overlooking that fact, that he's an intrusion. Great father and son bonding taken place as Dagwood and Baby Dumpling team up by helping with the household chores during Blondie's stay at the hospital, adding humor to the situation with father vacuuming the house, Alexander emptying out the vacuum cleaner bag to take out everything imaginable, ranging from bathroom rug to Elmer, one of Daisy's pups, followed by a scene in the waiting room where Dagwood makes every attempt to explain to his son that babies do not come by stalk, as he imagines. With Alvin Fuddow(Danny Mummert), Alexander's know it all best friend, sitting in on this, this ought to be good. In spite of many commotions to follow, Blondie does find time to sing "Lullaby" while putting Cookie to sleep.

Fine character actors add to the humor,especially from future television veteran actors, Hans Conried and Mary Wickes who make their unpleasant characters likable; Paul Harvey as William Lawrence in another one of many business tycoon roles; Tom Kennedy as a traffic cop who unwittingly gives the Bumstead baby the name of Cookie; and Stanley Brown returning as one of Dagwood's co-workers, Ollie Shaw. Series regular Irving Bacon as Bert Crump, the harassed postman, pulls all stops to avoid getting run down by Bumstead while delivering the morning mail, but to no avail.

BLONDIE'S BLESSED EVENT, which runs at 67 minutes, had a successful run (1996-2001) every Sunday morning as part of "Family Classics:" on American Movie Classics, with much of the 28 episode series restored to original theatrical opening credits. Video cassette and DVD copies include sing-along opening titles formerly shown on commercial television back in the 1970s, compliments of King Features. (**1/2) Next installment: BLONDIE FOR VICTORY (1942).

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