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Blondie Goes to College (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 January 1942 (USA)
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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Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Chic Young (based upon the comic strip created by), Lou Breslow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie Bumstead, aka Blondie Smith
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Alexander 'Baby Dumpling' Bumstead
Daisy ... Daisy
Janet Blair ... Laura Wadsworth
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Adele Mara ... Babs Connelly
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Larry Parks ... Rusty Bryant
Lloyd Bridges ... Ben Dixon
Andrew Tombes ... J.J 'Snookie' Wadsworth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry C. Bradley ... Professor
Bill Goodwin ... Announcer at Shell Race
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Mailman
J. Anthony Hughes ... Baseball Coach
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Storyline

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 hounded by the campus stud and Dagwood makes the rowing team. It is revealed that a new child is on the way. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The BUMSTEADS Are Going To College... So Folks Will Stop Calling Them The DUMBSTEADS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boss Said 'No' 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 tenth of twenty-eight Blondie movies starring Penny Singleton as Blondie Bumstead and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead. See more »

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Blondie: I know more stuff than I can understand.
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Sweethearts of Sigma-Foo
3 November 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Okay, in a strictly logical world, sending B&D to college makes little sense. But this is movie world, where it's contrived situations that count, whether it's good guys winning every gun battle or B&D taking a respite from 40's suburbia. So it's off to college for our comic strip heroes and military school for baby Dumpling and Daisy. Maybe Dagwood will get a promotion for his college effort. And what could be more comically promising than an addled Dagwood among the advanced learning. Now if he can only follow the double-talk origin of the word 'survive', he might even pass etymology class. Then there's the rowing team where he can't stay upright, and football practice where the basic concepts rival etymology. Frankly, I got a lot of laughs out of his good-natured flops.

Then happily we can add eye candy with June Blair as Daggie's aggressive car buddy, plus other coed lollipops from the 40's. Also, mustn't forget coed Blondie who's grabbed by handsome big-man-on-campus, Larry Parks. And if that's not enough, she's quickly conscripted into the top campus sorority. Looks like the Bumstead household may be in trouble, except this is the movies, so thankfully it's back to suburbia once the crop of college laughs are harvested.

No, the entry may not be the series best, but it's hard to beat comedic actors Lake and Singleton. Plus the series concept of a loving family with a wacky husband, a plucky wife, and an unlucky mailman practically guarantees chuckles.

(In passing-I may be wrong, but having Baby Dumpling in military school may well reflect the patriotic urgency of the 1942 production period.)


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