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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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The favorite comic strip of millions at last on the screen! See more »


Comedy | Family


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Official Sites:

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 note for $563.80 that Dagwood co-signed would equate to almost $10,000 in 2018. See more »


Followed by Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940) 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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Excellent Start to the Series
31 December 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Dagwood is in trouble needing to raise $563 to pay back on an endorsement check that went sour to a woman named Elsie. Dithers (Dagwood's boss) says he will give Dagwood $600 as a bonus (plus a $10 raise that Blondie has been wanting Dagwood to get) if he can secure the contract from developer C.P. Hazlip. Hazlip, not wanting to see any salesmen such as Dagwood, becomes friends with Dagwood while indulging in one of their hobbies, tinkering (in this case a vacuum). Blondie becomes jealous when a man from the finance company comes to the house about "Elsie's note". Blondie suspects her husband is having an affair and confirms her suspicions when she finds Dagwood at Hazlip's hotel with his daughter Elsie. Dithers believes Dagwood is not getting any headway with the Hazlip deal so he fires him (not the first or last time this will happen) and Dagwood is further in Daisy's doghouse when Blondie, her mother and sister believe he is unfaithful. What is our lovable protagonist to do? I haven't seen any other films in the Blondie series, but it is easy to tell this is a standout film. Singleton and Lake are the perfect people to play the lead roles and Simms is adorable as Baby Dumpling. The script has numerous funny scenes, many of which are humorous touches to the film that don't develop the scenario further, but that is no big deal here. At the beginning of the film, the scenes alternating with Dagwood and Blondie didn't seem that smooth, but that may be the only flaw of the film. Rating, 9.

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