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It's a Great Life (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 27 May 1943 (USA)
Dagwood buys a horse when he is supposed to be buying a house.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)

Writers:

Connie Lee (original screenplay), Karen DeWolf (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie Bumstead
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Alexander Bumstead / Baby Dumpling
Daisy ... Daisy
Reggie the Horse Reggie the Horse ... Reggie the Horse
Hugh Herbert ... Timothy Brewster
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Alan Dinehart ... Collender Martin
Douglas Leavitt ... Bromley
Irving Bacon ... Mailman
Marjorie Ann Mutchie Marjorie Ann Mutchie ... Cookie Bumstead
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie and Dagwood: It's a Great Life 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Since Larry Simms was quickly approaching his pre-teen years, the producers of the series decided that "Baby" Dumpling couldn't go on being called "Baby" forever and they decided to drop the moniker and call the Bumstead son by his given name, Alexander. This is the first in the Blondie series in which it went into effect. See more »

Quotes

Dagwood: Sometimes I think that horse understands everything I say.
Blondie: Then he's smarter than I am.
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Connections

Followed by Blondie's Reward (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(excerpts)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Played when Dagwood is trying to figure out what the weather is.
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It's a Great Life was another funny entry in the Blondie series
4 July 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is the thirteenth in the Blondie movie series. It's also the first of two in which "Blondie" is not used as part of the title and the initial entry to feature Marjorie Ann Mutchie as Cookie, a role she'll play for the rest of the series. In this one, there are some workers at the house so when Dagwood takes a call from Mr. Dithers, those workers are making some noise so Dag can't hear everything clearly from his boss and thinks that he wants to buy a horse and not a house as a result. I'll stop there and just say the mix-up gets some funny situations going including that of a potential client played by Hugh Herbert being partly confused by some of it. (He even uses the word "dither" to describe his predicament reminding him of his scheduled meeting with the person of that name!) There's more to the plot than that but now I'll just say that It's a Great Life is a worthy entry in the Blondie series. P.S. I'll also say that Herbert's appearance-as well as what a couple of animals do here-was also reminiscent of what I experienced watching Hellzapoppin' several days ago which is utter nuttiness of the highest order!


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