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It's a Great Life (1943)

Dagwood buys a horse when he is supposed to be buying a house.

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(as Frank Strayer)

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Dagwood buys a horse when he is supposed to be buying a house.

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27 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blondie and Dagwood: It's a Great Life  »

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| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

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

Quotes

Dagwood: Sometimes I think that horse understands everything I say.
Blondie: Then he's smarter than I am.
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Followed by Footlight Glamour (1943) See more »

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It's a Great Life was another funny entry in the Blondie series
4 July 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is the thirteenth in the Blondie movie series. It's also the first of two in which "Blondie" is not used as part of the title and the initial entry to feature Marjorie Ann Mutchie as Cookie, a role she'll play for the rest of the series. In this one, there are some workers at the house so when Dagwood takes a call from Mr. Dithers, those workers are making some noise so Dag can't hear everything clearly from his boss and thinks that he wants to buy a horse and not a house as a result. I'll stop there and just say the mix-up gets some funny situations going including that of a potential client played by Hugh Herbert being partly confused by some of it. (He even uses the word "dither" to describe his predicament reminding him of his scheduled meeting with the person of that name!) There's more to the plot than that but now I'll just say that It's a Great Life is a worthy entry in the Blondie series. P.S. I'll also say that Herbert's appearance-as well as what a couple of animals do here-was also reminiscent of what I experienced watching Hellzapoppin' several days ago which is utter nuttiness of the highest order!


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