#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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.
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Meet the Bumsteads
BLONDIE (Columbia, 1938), directed by Frank R. Strayer, introduces Chic Young’s famous comic strip characters, the Bumsteads, to the silver screen in the persona of Penny Singleton as Blondie; Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead; Larry Simms as Baby Dumpling; and Jonathan Hale as Mr. J.C. Dithers.
In this series opener, Blondie, Dagwood and their four-year-old son they call Baby Dumpling, along with their dog, Daisy, live in a simple community going through their daily routines. Though simple enough, a chain of unfortunate events soon come one after the other at the time of Blondie and Dagwood’s fifth wedding anniversary. Blondie starts the show by planning a surprise anniversary party and presenting Dagwood with the house of brand new furniture. While Dagwood is trying to impress his boss, Mr. Dithers, in trying to contact a very important client for the firm by waiting for him in the hotel lobby where he is staying, Dagwood befriends a middle-aged gentleman (Gene Lockhart) in trying to fix a broken down vacuum cleaner. Coming up to this man’s room, Dagwood is introduced to the man he calls C.P., and his daughter, Elsie (Ann Doran), unaware that this is the man Dagwood must contact for the firm. Problems ensue when Blondie suspects Dagwood is having a secret rendezvous with an Elsie Watson, and mistakes CP’s daughter to be that girl, considering Dagwood was seen with Elsie at the hotel by Blondie’s former sweetheart, Chester Franey (Gordon Oliver). Chester shows up at the Bumsteads anniversary party, telling Blondie of the situation to Blondie at the gathering of guests consisting of Blondie’s mother (Kathleen Lockhart), and sister, Dot (Dorothy Moore), leading to a World War battle. Poor Dagwood must get CP and his daughter to come to his house to straighten out everything, but more complications ensue. And yes, Dagwood gets fired for the first of many times on screen by Dithers.
Setting the pattern in future film installments is Blondie getting jealous when she believes Dagwood is tangled with another woman; Dagwood running out of the house and running over the postman in order to catch his morning bus for work; and Alvin Fuddow (Danny Mummert), Baby Dumpling’s “genius” friend, getting his chance to show off his smartness, etc. Supporting the cast are Irving Bacon as Mr. Beasley, the postman, the surname later changed to Crum in future installments); Fay Helm as Alvin’s mother; Ian Wolfe as the courtroom judge, along with several other character actors. And let’s not forget Daisy, the Bumstead dog, who is always the scene stealer. Fortunately, American Movie Classics, which premiered BLONDIE October 8, 1995, has restored its original theatrical opening and closing titles, starting with the Columbia logo, doing away with the tag-on opening and ending with the King Features logo and 1960s-style sing along theme by unknown vocalists that accompanied the movie and its sequels when distributed to local television in 1970. Interestingly, when shown on Turner Classic Movies (TCM premiere: May 1, 2018), the cable channel that airs restored movie prints, reverted to the King Features opening from the 1970s instead. BLONDIE is an enjoyable entry that produced 27 more movie episodes, ending with 1950s BEWARE OF BLONDIE. One particular thing about the BLONDIE series is that the central characters are played by the same actors throughout the entire series. And no one can play Blondie and Dagwood better than Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake. Sequel: BLONDIE MEETS THE BOSS (1939) (***)
It’s a good thing that Dagwood and Blondie didn’t hate dogs and babies….
Not only do they steal every scene that they are in, but Daisy and little Larry Simms also come off as smarter than the adults in this opening to the long-running comedy series based upon the comic strip that is still run today. Certainly, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake are perfectly cast as Blondie and Dagwood, but their brains together don’t equal the obvious intelligence of the crafty “Baby Dumpling”, not to mention their adorable dog, Daisy. The first entry of the series lacks much of the slapstick of the later films, but at just 72 minutes (including an opening preview of what’s to follow), who can quibble? The prints available are based upon the T.V. packaging which made it appear more like lengthy sitcom episodes rather than old movies. Not to mention that horrible song seemingly written for these movies which apparently Singleton and Lake reunited for since the series had just ended after a 12 year run in 1950. Only “The Bowery Boys”, in all their different variations, would outlast them, but by 1950, with T.V. coming in, most of the series films had run their course, although some of them would end up in T.V. in one form or another.
The first “Blondie” film has them about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary and the confusion which follows when Dagwood helps out an eccentric hotel guest (Gene Lockhart) try to fix a vacuum cleaner. Lockhart has a beautiful daughter (Ann Doran) who answers the phone when Singleton tries to get ahold of Lake in the hotel suite, making her jump to conclusions. Of course, this is a sitcom, and such situations, usually fixed within the commercial filled half hour, take over an hour in the movie, which does not include commercials.
The best moments feature the adorable Simms who is so practical a tot that he goes automatically to the chair in the corner to sit, knowing he’s done something bad. The victim of Simms’ pranks is usually Danny Mummert, the equally adorable tot next door who is just as prankish as Simms. Lake is pretty funny in the scene where he helps Lockhart “borrow” the vacuum cleaner from porter Willie Best, sneaking it up the stairs as if he was an astronaut out to put the American flag on the moon.
While Jonathan Hale is imperious as Dagwood’s boss, you can tell he’s going to lighten up as the series goes on, perhaps to the point of becoming a buffoon. Such familiar character players as Irving Bacon, Charles Lane, James Flavin and Ian Wolfe pop in and out for smaller roles. The film has a few amusing moments but not much more, and while 30’s and 40’s audiences may have loved Blondie, she wouldn’t compare to that redhead taking over the airwaves as the series ended who showed audiences what wacky situation comedy was all about.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 10 min (70 min)
Genre Comedy, Family
Director Frank R. Strayer
Writer Richard Flournoy, Chic Young
Actors Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm