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Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 September 1949 (USA)
Dagwood has been fired again and winds up in a hard-working labor crew while trying to get his old job back.

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Through his blundering intervention in a party date set up by his boss for his son, resulting for the loss of a contract, Dagwood loses his job once again. Dagwood gets a construction job on a site for the lost client, and discovers the workmen are using faulty material on the job. He tells Blondie. Blondies takes over, and sets out to set matters right. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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

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Dagwood and the hardhats
4 December 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lots of things are happening at the Bumstead household in Blondie Hits The Jackpot. Young Alexander is starting to feel his hormones, Blondie like so many million American housewives is glued to that radio hoping to win a jackpot from some game or quiz show. That would be changing shortly. And Dagwood gets fired once again, but in the Bumstead tradition lands on his feet.

I think Jerome Cowan as Dagwood's boss was a bit out of line on this one. Taking advantage of Alexander's adolescence at the request of a new potential client Lloyd Corrigan he gets Dagwood to arrange a first date with Corrigan's daughter Ann Carter for Larry Simms.

Carter has been spoiled rotten by her widower father and when the date doesn't work out due to Arthur Lake's usual bumbling, Cowan once again fires him. This time it really does look like it's for real as we see Lake flopping at a bunch of new jobs.

But Carter is not done yet. She gets Corrigan to hire him and then Lake is put in the construction end of construction. Dagwood and the hardhats do not mix and we get a lot of good sight gags at the site where Corrigan's building is going up.

Still there's something crooked afoot which I will not reveal and Dagwood once again saves the day. Of course in the usual Bumstead fashion.

This is one of the best of the Blondie series although I have to say it looks ridiculous at that construction site for Dagwood to keep yelling for his wife every time he screws up.


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