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Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 8 March 1939 (USA)
Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writers:

Richard Flournoy (screen play), Kay Van Riper (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Singleton ... Blondie
Arthur Lake ... Dagwood
Larry Simms ... Baby Dumpling
Jonathan Hale ... Dithers
Danny Mummert ... Alvin
Daisy ... Daisy
Dorothy Moore ... Dot Miller
Don Beddoe ... Marvin Williams
Dorothy Comingore ... Francine Rogers (as Linda Winters)
Stanley Brown ... Ollie Shaw
Joel Dean Joel Dean ... Freddie Turner
Richard Fiske ... Nelson
Inez Courtney ... Betty Lou Wood
Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra ... Skinnay Ennis Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Skinnay Ennis Skinnay Ennis ... Bandleader
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Storyline

Dagwood Bumstead quits his job when his long-awaited vacation is postponed. Blondie asks J.C. Dithers to give Dagwood his job back, and Dithers agrees but on the condition that Blondie take charge of the office while he is in Washington closing a deal. Dagwood, left to tend the house while Blondie goes to work, succumbs to a neighbor's suggestion to go fishing and leaves Baby Dumpling in care of Blondie's sister, Dot, in town for a jitterbug contest. While fishing, Dagwood meets two entertainers from the Garden Cafe and when one of them, Francine, almost overturns the boat, Dagwood grabs to save her, and the "glutch" is photographed. Blondie has the film from Dagwood's camera developed, and Dithers wires her to buy some land owned by the Garden Club proprietor before he learns that it has been approved as the site of the new airport. Enroute, she picks up the developed film. Dagwood has wandered off to play pool, and Dot and her boy friend, Freddie, take Baby Dumpling with them to the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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There's No Place Like Home...When the Bumsteads Cut Loose! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondie & Cª 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 (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Working title: "Blondie Steps Out" See more »

Connections

Followed by Blondie's Big Deal (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Varsity Reel
(uncredited)
Written by Milton Drake and Ben Oakland
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Blondie and Dagwood getting a divorce?!
19 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Blondie Meets the Boss" is the second of two dozen Blondie and Dagwood films. It's pleasant enough viewing but the darker tone of the film makes it among my least favorite I've seen so far.

The story begins with the Bumstead family about to go on vacation. However, Mr. Dithers informs Dagwood he cannot go and he MUST complete some business deal. Well, not surprisingly, Dagwood is angry and he quits his job then and there. When he returns home, he tells the wife...and she goes to talk to Mr. Dithers. Surprisingly, he offers her Dagwood's job 'to teach him a lesson'.

At the same time, Dagwood listens to his idiotic neighbor and takes a fishing trip (leaving Baby Dumpling with his aunt). However, the neighbor is a real Cassanova and the trip includes women...and these are two married men. Dagwood soon leaves...he's just not the cheating kid of guy. But photos taken during this brief outing come back to haunt him when Blondie finds them and thinks the worst.

I didn't particularly like the idea of this sweet and loving couple planning on getting a divorce. It seemed untrue to the characters. Still, the film is entertaining and Baby Dumpling has a few good lines here and there. Pleasant but a tad disappointing.


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