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Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 November 1939 (USA)
A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Gladys Lehman (screenplay), Richard Flournoy (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie Bumstead
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Alexander 'Baby Dumpling' Bumstead
Daisy ... Daisy
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Robert Middlemass ... Abner Cartwright
Olin Howland ... Encyclopedia Salesman
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Fuddle
Peggy Ann Garner ... Melinda Mason
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Mr. Mason
Grace Stafford ... Miss White
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Miss Ferguson, School Principal
Irving Bacon ... Mailman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Hayden ... Elderly Man (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A book salesman sells Blondie Bumstead a set of books on child training because he has convinced her that Baby Dumplin is a child prodigy. Meanwhile, J.C. Dithers, boss of Blondie's husband, Dagwood Bumstead, rips Dagwood for altering the plans on an apartment building the construction firm is building for Abner Cartwright and, to keep his job, Dagwood must get Cartwright to sign off on the changes - the latter refuses in order to escape from an unfavorable contract. Baby Dumpling, the genius, is registered at school and Daisy, accompanying him, is picked up by the dog-catcher on the way back home and taken to the pound. Daisy is adopted by Melinda Mason, the crippled daughter of one of the town's wealthiest men. Baby Dumpling looks everywhere and can not find Daisy, and plays hooky from school the next day. Immediately, Blondie and Dagwood suspect kidnapping, and Dagwood learns that Melinda, also missing, was last seen playing with a little boy and a dog. Dagwood promptly heads for ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Baby Goes To School... And You Go Into Stitches! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie Educa o Filho See more »

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Runtime:

| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Follows Blondie (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
(uncredited)
Written by Septimus Winner
Played as background music when Daisy appears lost
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One of the few Blondie films I remember...
19 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

remember this from childhood dog caught by vet--nurse gets dog for disabled girl (polio?) Dagwood the fall guy gets fired yet again

When I was a boy, they used to show the Blondie and Dagwood films a lot on TV. The only one I remember at all was this one, a good but rather typical installment.

When the show begins, some huckster is going door-to-door giving IQ tests to children. He tells Mrs. Bumstead that Baby Dumpling is a super-genius....but it seems likely he's just trying to sell her a lot of books.

While Blondie is getting all excited about Baby Dumpling, Dagwood is working on a frustrating project. The client keeps approving every change and Dagwood is excited...but the client is a jerk and has no intention of actually having the project completed. Mr. Dithers (as usual) blames Dagwood and fires him.

Later, Baby Dumpling gets lost while looking for his runaway dog, Daisy. He eventually finds she was adopted by a disabled girl*. And, somehow this meeting ends up being the solution to all the Bumstead problems!

Overall, another enjoyable and nice installment in the series. Worth seeing and quite clever for a B-movie.

*While they never say why the girl is in a wheelchair, most likely it was Polio, which was sadly common. Plus, Polio is a disorder you CAN recover use of the legs from in some cases so this would be consistent with the story.


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