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Blondie (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Family | 30 November 1938 (USA)
Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.


Frank R. Strayer


Richard Flournoy (screen play), Chic Young (based upon the comic strip created by)




Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie Bumstead
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling
Daisy ... Daisy
Ann Doran ... Elsie Hazlip
Dorothy Moore ... Dorothy
Gene Lockhart ... C.P. Hazlip
Jonathan Hale ... J.C. Dithers
Gordon Oliver ... Chester Franey
Danny Mummert ... Alvin Fuddle
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Miller
Willie Best ... Porter
Ian Wolfe ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Eddie (scenes deleted)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (scenes deleted)


Blondie and Dagwood are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary but this happy occasion is marred when the bumbling Dagwood gets himself involved in a scheme that is promising financial ruin for the Bumstead family. Camping on the porch of the Poor House would become the most-used prevalent plot line in the 27 series-films that followed. It was also an issue in the comic-strip for about a year after its inception when it was basically a continuity strip but, aside from Dagwood's inability to coax a pay-raise from Mr. Dithers over the years, the financial status of the family was seldom an issue when the format switched to a gag-a-day strip. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The favorite comic strip of millions at last on the screen! See more »


Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


According to a contemporary article in The Hollywood Reporter, Gloria Blondell was to star in this film when Columbia Pictures bought the film rights to the comic strip. Then Shirley Deane was cast, but had to withdraw due to illness and was replaced by Penny Singleton, who dyed her hair blonde for the role. See more »


Followed by Leave It to Blondie (1945) See more »


One Night of Love
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
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Longest film series ever?
17 May 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I read in "Guinness World Records" that the original "Blondie" movie was the world record holder for most sequels and there were over two dozen of them! That was what really attracted me to this movie in the first place. I think that by now, the standards have probably changed. It's simply a long running film series, like Godzilla or James Bond. I genuinely liked this movie, but not enough to see all of the followups. The plot is pretty basic, with Dagwood trying to get a raise to do something special for his and Blondie's wedding anniversary. He seems like he gets fired or threatened to, constantly.

I am not much of a fan of the "Blondie" comic. Then again, newspaper comics themselves have mostly declined. I admit to being unfamiliar with their kid, Baby Dumpling. He probably grew up to become one of the teenagers that now appears in the comic. The acting in this is pretty good and the jokes are quite funny. My favorite is probably the bit with the weighing machine. The comic strip was bright and colorful, so it was pretty weird to see it in black and white, but it still worked. When you have a slice of life story like this, it's hard to get that much story. This still worked pretty well. It's certainly light years ahead of those awful live-action Marmaduke and Garfield movies.

I hesitate to watch any of the other movies because I would probably go insane from their sheer number. Besides, none of them are really significant in any way apart from this. I'm just reviewing this and I'll be done with it. It seems to be off to a good start. Must be to get so many followups! ***.

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Release Date:

30 November 1938 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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