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Blondie 

Arthur Lake had played Dagwood in a long series of "Blondie" movies. This show, retelling stories and situations familiar to readers of the comic strip, lasted one year.

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Chic Young
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Dagwood accidentally enlists in the Army reserve. Blondie accompanies him to basic training camp.

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Cynical writer George Wickley arrives as the Bumstead household experiences the birth of daughter Cookie.

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Rich tool manufacturer hires Dagwood for a new plant, but Blondie upsets things when she casts the rich man's daughter in a play.

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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 ... See full summary »

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

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Arthur Lake ...  Dagwood Bumstead 26 episodes, 1957
Pamela Britton ...  Blondie Bumstead 26 episodes, 1957
Florenz Ames ...  J.C. Dithers / ... 26 episodes, 1957
Ann Barnes Ann Barnes ...  Cookie Bumstead 26 episodes, 1957
Stuffy Singer Stuffy Singer ...  Alexander Bumstead 26 episodes, 1957
Harold Peary ...  Herb Woodley / ... 26 episodes, 1957
Hollis Irving ...  Mrs. Woodley / ... 17 episodes, 1957
Elvia Allman ...  Cora Dithers / ... 13 episodes, 1957
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Arthur Lake had played Dagwood in a long series of "Blondie" movies. This show, retelling stories and situations familiar to readers of the comic strip, lasted one year.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Debuted on NBC on 4 January 1957 and last aired 27 September 1957. See more »

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Referenced in Rifftrax Shorts: Christmas Toyshop (2008) See more »

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Blondie
5 September 2009 | by rcj5365See all my reviews

Based on the classic comic strip by Chic Young,the television series "Blondie" was the first of two television series based on the characters. The first of these aired on NBC-TV on January 4, 1957 and it was very short-lived. The series produced 26 episodes,in black and white and was produced by Hal Roach Studios in association with King Features Syndicate and NBC-TV. Although actress Penny Singleton,who played Blondie in the theatrical versions of the films from the 1940's was chosen to repeat the role,the producers chose actress Pamela Britton for the title role as Blondie Bumstead. Actor Arthur Lake who starred in the theatrical features with Singleton in the 1940's who reprise his role as Dagwood Bumstead for the television version. Britton,who is better remembered as the nosy landlady in the later popular early-1960's TV series "My Favorite Martian",was not the best choice here and it shows in some of the episodes.

However,the series came in as a midseason replacement for a recent canceled NBC show,but audiences didn't catch on quickly. In fact,"Blondie" stay on for a full season,a full 26 episodes before being canceled on July 5, 1957. It would be another eleven years before another version would come in which CBS would revive the series in 1968,which was canceled after 14 episodes.


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