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Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 8 March 1939 (USA)
Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Richard Flournoy (screen play), Kay Van Riper (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling
Jonathan Hale ... Dithers
Danny Mummert ... Alvin
Daisy ... Daisy
Dorothy Moore ... Dot Miller
Don Beddoe ... Marvin Williams
Dorothy Comingore ... Francine Rogers (as Linda Winters)
Stanley Brown ... Ollie Shaw
Joel Dean Joel Dean ... Freddie Turner
Richard Fiske ... Nelson
Inez Courtney ... Betty Lou Wood
Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra ... Skinnay Ennis Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Skinnay Ennis Skinnay Ennis ... Bandleader
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Storyline

Dagwood Bumstead quits his job when his long-awaited vacation is postponed. Blondie asks J.C. Dithers to give Dagwood his job back, and Dithers agrees but on the condition that Blondie take charge of the office while he is in Washington closing a deal. Dagwood, left to tend the house while Blondie goes to work, succumbs to a neighbor's suggestion to go fishing and leaves Baby Dumpling in care of Blondie's sister, Dot, in town for a jitterbug contest. While fishing, Dagwood meets two entertainers from the Garden Cafe and when one of them, Francine, almost overturns the boat, Dagwood grabs to save her, and the "glutch" is photographed. Blondie has the film from Dagwood's camera developed, and Dithers wires her to buy some land owned by the Garden Club proprietor before he learns that it has been approved as the site of the new airport. Enroute, she picks up the developed film. Dagwood has wandered off to play pool, and Dot and her boy friend, Freddie, take Baby Dumpling with them to the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

THE BUMSTEADS...AMERICA'S FAVORITE FAMILY IS COMING YOUR WAY! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie & Cª See more »

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Technical Specs

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 first movie for Robert Sterling. See more »

Connections

Followed by Blondie's Hero (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Naughty Naughty (I'm Surprised At You)
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Milton Drake
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First-Rate Entry
26 May 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Dagwood! Dagwood! Watch out!! That feather in Blondie's 1930's hat is going to stab you!

Great entry in the popular series. The laughs seldom let up, nor does the action. Expert comedic timing from director Strayer along with versatile cast. Seems Dagwood 'quits'-- oops, I mean 'resigns'-- his job when he doesn't get his awaited vacation. So who does Dithers hire in his place. Why Blondie, of course, which angers breadwinner daddy. Now they're going separate ways, while things aren't helped by romantic mix-ups, especially when Dad goes fishing and Mom gets her own office. But, oh my gosh, will they ever get back together. And what will Baby Dumpling and Daisy do now. Stay tuned.

I wish I knew how off-camera coaches got dog Daisy and 4-year old Dumpling (Simms) to perform as well as they do. Check out how expertly each brings off their various tricks. I hope Daisy got extra kibbles. Then too, check out the nostalgic jitterbug contest defying gravity's laws. I hope the youngsters got extra bottles of Pepsi. Anyway, an addled Dagwood and a nonplussed Blondie keep the chuckles coming, showing why Lake and Singleton remain a truly inspired pairing. In my view, there's more comedy delight here than in most star-studded efforts of the 1950's, especially. Meanwhile, postmen, Look Out! The one man stampede is coming your way.


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