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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.

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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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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

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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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Beware of Blondie was a funny enough way to end the series
3 August 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is the twenty-eighth and final entry in the Blondie movie series. It's revealed that Dagwood is once again working for the J.C. Dithers Construction Company as if Dithers selling to Radcliffe had never happened. Anyway, Mr. Dithers (played from behind only by Edward Earle this time) is off and Mr. Bumstead takes his place. He's supposed to sign a contract for a certain client who may or not be a certain female (Adele Jergens making another appearance in the series after Blondie's Anniversary) he goes to lunch with. I'll stop there and just say this was quite a funny way to end the series especially with the final ways Dag keeps bumping into the mailman (Dick Wessel)! Oh, and while Blondie had talked to one of the Woodleys on the phone in earlier entries, this was the only time her neighbors actually appeared in the form of Herbert and Harriet (Emory Parnell and Isobel Withers). Now here's what happened to the rest of the cast post-series: Dick Wessel died on April 20, 1965 before his final movie-The Ugly Dauchshund-was released.

Jack Rice (Ollie Merton) continued in film and TV until 1963 when he last appeared in Son of Flubber. He died on December 14, 1968.

Alyn Lockwood (Mary) last appeared on an ep of "Border Patrol" in 1959. She passed on July 11, 2007.

Larry Simms (Baby Dumpling a.k.a Alexander) eventually joined the Navy, became an engineer, and eventually retired in Thailand with a wife there. He passed on June 17, 2009.

Danny Mummert (Alvin Fuddle) switched to behind-the-scenes work on TV and film after 1956. He eventually married four times. His life post-Blondie became so tragic, he took himself out permanently on August 10, 1974.

Marjorie Ann Mutchie (Kent) who played Cookie, has disappeared from public view post-series. Even after every attempt to trace her. Presumably still alive as of this writing.

Edward Bernds, who was already also directing Three Stooges shorts, would eventually also helm a couple of Columbia's replacement series entries of The Gasoline Alley-before then doing some Bowery Boys entries. He'd then do a couple of Stooges features and their live-action wraparounds on their cartoon series "The New 3 Stooges" before retiring. He died on May 20, 2000.

After the movie series ended, Arthur Lake continued to play Dagwood on radio until that ended on July 6, 1950. Penny Singleton no longer played Blondie there as the role was taken over by Ann Rutherford with Arthur's wife, Patricia also taking turns in that one. He'd also play him in a subsequent TV show late in the '50s of which I'll review an ep soon.

Ms. Singleton would voice Jane Jetson first in the early '60s, then the '80s on the animated TV show "The Jetsons". She'd make few on screen appearances by then. I'll review both leading players fates when I get to reviews of those final appearances...


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