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Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 July 1940 (USA)
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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Frank R. Strayer

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Richard Flournoy (screen play), Albert Duffy (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling
Daisy ... Daisy
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Arthur Hohl ... Eric Vaughn
Esther Dale ... Anna Vaughn
Irving Bacon ... Mailman
Ray Turner ... Horatio Jones
Walter Soderling ... Morgan
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Fuddle
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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 work of the butler and his wife who figure the house rightfully belongs to them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE WITH THE BUMSTEADS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie Beware 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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Blondie wears the same fur coat Dagwood bought her, with much trouble, of course, in Blondie on a Budget (1940). See more »

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In the 1966 King Features reissue credits actress Esther Dale's name is misspelled as Ester Dale. See more »

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House sitting a haunted house
24 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the best of Blondie series of films is this one that has the Bumsteads house sitting a haunted house. At least that's what the prevailing rumor is in the neighborhood.

The house is part of the estate that Jonathan Hale is the executor of. To quiet rumors he has Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton house sit the place. It's an old mansion complete with butler and maid Arthur Hohl and Esther Dale so at least for Singleton who's been complaining about the housewife work load she's eager for the job.

Every comedian eventually goes into a haunted house be it Bob Hope, Abbott&Costello and now the Bumsteads for one reason or another. They also get involved with some sinister help as Hohl and Dale are enough to creep anyone out.

A lot of strange things happen to the Bumsteads and at times only the fact that this is the Bumsteads and you know a funny gag or punchline is coming up are you not terrified. They also have an additional guest in Ray Turner who is there on a bet from his lodge, no doubt the Mystic Knights Of The Sea where Amos, Andy, and the Kingfish belong. And I'm sure for 1940 audiences that's just what the reference to a lodge for a black actor is supposed to mean.

In the end Mr. Dithers gives Dagwood a raise and that's always good for the Bumstead household.


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