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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.

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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy
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Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

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A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dagwood wants to join the trout club and Blondie wants a fur coat. Jealousy reigns when Dag's old girlfriend Joan shows up, but nothing else matters when a drawing at the movie theatre provides money for the coat.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the ... See full summary »

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Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Bumstead family is off to see relatives in the country when Blondie runs into Charlie and Millie, an eloping couple needing her help.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy | Music
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Dagwood disguises himself as a drummer in the ship's conga band to sneak aboard a South American cruise ship. Blondie performs several song-and-dance routines.

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Dagwood decides to go to college. Blondie goes along with him, keeping their marriage a secret. They send Baby Dumpling off to military school where he becomes top sergeant. Blondie is ... See full summary »

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Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.

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Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dagwood buys a horse when he is supposed to be buying a house.

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Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dagwood and Blondie have each written checks for charity unaware the other has done so. To cover the amounts they enter a song-writing contest. Meanwhile Mr. Dithers wants Dagwood to soften... See full summary »

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
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When Blondie mistakes a gold watch Dagwood carries home as her anniversary gift, it leads Dagwood into trouble with his boss, a loan shark, and crooked building contractors.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
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Dagwood gets in trouble with bookies and winds up in jail. Bank manager Samuel Breckinridge comes to his rescue to thank Dagwood for getting compulsive gambler Mrs. Breckinridge out of the casino just before the police raid.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
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Dithers
Danny Mummert ...
Alvin
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Dot Miller
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Marvin Williams
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Francine Rogers (as Linda Winters)
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Ollie Shaw
Joel Dean ...
Freddie Turner
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Nelson
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Betty Lou Wood
Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra ...
Skinnay Ennis Band
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Skinnay Ennis ...
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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 »

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Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blondie & Cª  »

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| (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Working title: "Blondie Steps Out" See more »

Connections

Followed by Footlight Glamour (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Varsity Reel
(uncredited)
Written by Milton Drake and Ben Oakland
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Some hilarious slapstick makes this entry worthwhile.
11 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I have always been a fan of the Blondie comics, even to this day, but some of the movies have been duds. In this one, however, I found myself laughing uncontrollably at times, with the highlight being Dagwood's (Arthur Lake's) accidentally stumbling into a jitterbug dance contest with Dorothy Moore (playing Blondie's sister). His uncoordinated movements while slipping and trying to regain his balance was masterfully done and simply hilarious. It's easily worth the price of admission for this sequence alone.


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