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Beware of Blondie (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 April 1950 (USA)
Mr. Dithers has gone on vacation and left Dagwood to look after the company. Toby tries to take advantage of Dagwood's naiveté, but Blondie saves the day.

Director:

Edward Bernds

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Jack Henley (original story), Jack Henley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie Bumstead
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Alexander Bumstead
Marjorie Ann Mutchie Marjorie Ann Mutchie ... Cookie Bumstead (as Marjorie Kent)
Adele Jergens ... Toby Clifton
Dick Wessel ... Mailman
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Ollie Shaw
Alyn Lockwood Alyn Lockwood ... Mary
Emory Parnell ... Herb Woodley
Isabel Withers Isabel Withers ... Harriet Woodley
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Douglas Fowley ... Adolph
William E. Green William E. Green ... Samuel P. Dutton
Daisy ... Daisy
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Storyline

Dagwood is left in charge of the J. C. Dithers Construction Company, with orders to complete an unfinished deal with Tony Enpreprises, He is also give three signed black checks in the event he needs any cash, A beautiful blonde, introducing herself as Toby Clifton, owner of Toby Enterprises, walks into the office. Several conferences later , they wind up in her hotel room, where Toby changes into a flimsy gown. Adolph, her confederate in blackmail burst in and, pretending to be her husband, demands $5,000 from Dagwood to avoid a scandal. Many complications arise from that action, none of which he can handle but his wife Blondie takes a hand. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1950 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The last of twenty-eight Blondie movies starring Penny Singleton as Blondie Bumstead and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead. It would become a television series in 1957 with Arthur Lake and in 1968. See more »

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Follows Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949) See more »

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What happened to Radcliffe?! Was there a coup or is this an alternate universe version of "Blondie"??!!
17 August 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I loved the Blondie and Dagwood so much that I bought a collection of all 28 films. However, I must say that the final three were HUGE disappointments...films that would have been best never to have been made in the first place. The films had terrible plots and seemed to indicate that the writers simply ran out of ideas. In "Beware of Blondie" the plot isn't just bad...this final movie in the series just makes no sense at all.

When the story begins, you hear that Dagwood is in charge of the office while Mr. Dithers is away on business! This is a huge problem since in an earlier film, Dithers sold the business to Mr. Radcliff. Now, with no explanation, Dithers is back in control but you only see a tiny bit of him late in the film...and it's NOT the same actor who played him in about half the Blondie films, though they cheaply tried to hide it by only showing the back of his head! Why say Dithers was the boss? Why use another actor? My bet is that this script was an old rejected once they dusted off...and they never even thought to change the name to Radcliffe! Regardless, it was confusing.

With Dithers(?) gone and Dagwood in charge, his main goal is to sign a new client, Toby Clifton (Adele Jurgens). However, she seems mostly interested in jumping Dagwood's bones...which means she's either insane, blind or has some crooked scheme up her pretty sleeves. In the meantime, folks begin talking about Dagwood hanging out with this pretty blonde! Naturally, the two-faced Ollie is doing his share of the gossip! So what's next? See the film...or not.

Had this episode been made a few years earlier, when Dithers was played by Jonathan Hale AND before the company was sold, it would have worked much better. Instead, it appears as if whoever wrote the script had a head injury, as it just made little sense. There also appears to be a lot of padding in this film as well...such as the incredibly long dream sequence near the end of the movie. Overall, not very good but at least it was better than the prior two simply awful films in the franchise.


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