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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.


Frank R. Strayer


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

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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)


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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Blondie: The Movie Series





Release Date:

30 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Família Blondie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of twenty-eight Blondie movies, all starring Penny Singleton as Blondie Bumstead and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead released by Columbia Pictures from 1938 to 1950. See more »


Followed by Blondie's Reward (1948) See more »


(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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The Blondie Flims Were So Funny That A Good Laugh Could Help Me Sleep.
17 December 2002 | by james362001See all my reviews

During the wee late night hours while watching tv during the 1980's, I discovered the "Blondie" film series. They were so funny that a good laugh could help me sleep. I tried to watch them every week they were on, however a man must have his sleep. I never forgot how much I enjoyed the films I saw, so recently I purchased the first six in the series from Amazon.com. There are 28 films in all spanning from 1938 to 1950. Penny Singleton (as "Blondie Bumstead"), Arthur Lake (as "Dagwood Bumstead") and Larry Simms (as "Baby Dumpling"/Dagwood/"Alexander") were in all the films for 12 years. Larry Simms was in "Blondie" at the age of 3 until he was 15. We literally saw him grow up to be a fine teenage boy. He is retired now and has not been in the acting business for quite some time. Penny Singleton is still alive at the nice age of 94. Her latest project was doing the voice of "Jane Jetson" in Jetsons: The Movie (1990). Arthur Lake however is no longer with us. Each film begins with a short preview of a few scenes in the film, then followed by the hilarious postman mishap which becomes the start of the film. That is Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake singing that catchy tune. The Blondie films are warm to the heart and very enjoyable to see and I highly recommend seeing them. Each film is somewhat a continuation of the prior film. And they are fine for children to see. The next film in the series is BLONDIE MEETS THE BOSS.

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