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Blondie (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 30 November 1938 (USA)
Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Richard Flournoy (screen play), Chic Young (based upon the comic strip created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling
Daisy ... Daisy
Ann Doran ... Elsie Hazlip
Dorothy Moore ... Dorothy
Gene Lockhart ... C.P. Hazlip
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Gordon Oliver ... Chester Franey
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Miller
Willie Best ... Porter
Ian Wolfe ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Eddie (scenes deleted)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Blondie and Dagwood are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary but this happy occasion is marred when the bumbling Dagwood gets himself involved in a scheme that is promising financial ruin for the Bumstead family. Camping on the porch of the Poor House would become the most-used prevalent plot line in the 27 series-films that followed. It was also an issue in the comic-strip for about a year after its inception when it was basically a continuity strip but, aside from Dagwood's inability to coax a pay-raise from Mr. Dithers over the years, the financial status of the family was seldom an issue when the format switched to a gag-a-day strip. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Out of the "Funnies"... Straight into Your Heart! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Trivia

Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake also repeated their roles on a long-running radio program of the same title from 1939 to 1950. See more »

Connections

Followed by Blondie Goes to College (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Arranged by Ben Oakland and George Parrish
Played as part of the score when Blondie and Dagwood see Baby Dumpling asleep
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Delightful
23 June 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Singleton and Lake-- a marriage made in comedy heaven. Here they get the movie series off to a rollicking start. Poor Dagwood. He needs a raise from tight-fisted boss Dithers or the Bumstead livingroom will turn into an empty container. Worse, Blondie thinks he's having an affair when all the evidence conspires against innocent hubby. Good thing for Dagwood there's a broken down vacuum cleaner that cleans up the mess. Meanwhile, Baby Dumpling tries to stay out of punishment corner, while four-leg Daisy grabs all the food. Just another week in 1930's white-collar suburbia.

First-rate pacing from director Strayer. The threads never sag, while mild gags combine effortlessly with snappy dialog. It's a delightfully addled Dagwood and a humorously patient Blondie. Amazing how a studio cheapo like this so delightfully out-performs bigger budget comedies of then and now. I guess my only misgiving is with the rather dramatic upshot, but that's just a minor matter of taste. Anyway, kudos all around to a charming 70-minute Columbia production that you might think came out of the 1950's. Uh oh! I better stop now and take out the trash or the wife will have me joining Dumpling in the corner.


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Official Sites:

Blondie: The Movie Series

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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