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Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 April 1942 (USA)
Cynical writer George Wickley arrives as the Bumstead household experiences the birth of daughter Cookie.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Connie Lee (screenplay), Karen DeWolf (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie Bumstead
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling (Alexander) Bumstead
Daisy ... Daisy
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Hans Conried ... George Wickley
Stanley Brown ... Ollie Shaw
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Crumb
Mary Wickes ... Sarah Miller
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Cynical writer George Wickley arrives as the Bumstead household experiences the birth of daughter Cookie.

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Blondie has a baby... Dagwood has a fit... You'll have hysterics!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bundle of Trouble See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures 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

Although Blondie is about to give birth to Cookie, due to the Hays Code, she could have no physical indication that she is expecting. See more »

Connections

Followed by Blondie Knows Best (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicago
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
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A taste for Dagwood's sandwiches
2 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Hans Conreid in one of his early films plays a ham actor who takes over the Bumstead household after Dagwood asks him for a visit. Unfortunately Conreid times his visit just as Blondie brings home her new baby girl in Blondie's Blessed Event.

Some elements of The Man Who Came To Dinner are present in this Blondie film. Conreid and Arthur Lake meet at a Chicago hotel where Dagwood is representing the J.C. Dithers Construction Company and makes a speech that Conreid writes for him. It's an Architect's Convention and Dagwood speaks on the topic of Be Your Own Architect. For his efforts Conreid partakes of one of Dagwood's special sandwiches.

But after he arrives Conreid takes over the Bumstead household and the identification with The Man Who Came To Dinner is made clearer with Mary Wickes coming as a no nonsense maid and aspiring actress. Poor Penny Singleton is being driven out of her house and home and can't enjoy her new baby.

Truth be told and certainly the topic wasn't discussed, but the way Singleton was playing it there was a wee bit of what would now be called post partum depression.

As usual Dagwood once again comes close to being fired, but fates and Hans Conreid pull it out for him. Conreid looks like he's having a ball, not only playing the aspiring actor/playwright, but essaying a pair of other roles as the Bumstead crisis calls.


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