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Beware of Blondie

   

Beware of Blondie (1950) starring Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Adele Jergens

In Beware of Blondie, an attractive young client is actually a con woman. And she has her eyes set on Dagwood, while he’s serving as head of the company!


Comedy Highlights

  • Poor Dagwood trying to do his taxes. And hearing numbers from the children’s homework, phone call, etc. And mistakenly puts them on his tax forms.
  • Having stayed up all night, exhausted Dagwood goes to bed at 5:30 am. A very clownish routine, when the trash collectors come! His typical mad dash out the front door isn’t a mad dash, since he’s so tired. Despite the mailman’s being prepared.
  • Dagwood’s an hour late to open the office …. Since he’s fallen asleep in the elevator!
  • The jealous Ollie delights in bringing Miss Clifton into J. C. Dithers’ office …. Where Dagwood’s sleeping.
  • When Toby Clifton wants to take Dagwood to look at her proposed locations, he looks at Blondie’s photo …. And the photo nods her approval!
  • At the business lunch, while Toby’s drinks champagne, Dagwood’s drinking a tall …. milk.
  • At their next lunch, Dagwood tries to sing “La Marseilles” to show that he’s “fluent” in French.
  • Toby tries to get Dagwood to come to her hotel — to sign the contract, of course!
  • It’s all a ploy to get Dagwood in a compromising position, of course. To hand over one of Dithers’ $5,000 checks in an extortion racket.
  • Blondie locking Dagwood out of the bedroom.
  • The real owner of Toby Enterprises shows up at the office — and Dagwood faints!
  • Dagwood’s nightmare, of being convicted of embezzlement. With Ollie as the judge! Then, working on the rock pile. where the rock keeps getting bigger …
  • J. C. Dithers calls at night — he made a mistake! He closed his account at that bank months ago, so the checks are worthless. Dagwood faints again … out of happiness!
  • Finally, that poor mailman tries to deliver the mail at night, to avoid Dagwood. But, Dagwood dashes out the door to mail his taxes!

Cast

  • Penny Singleton (Blondie’s Hero) … Blondie Bumstead
  • Arthur Lake (Blondie Goes Latin) … Dagwood Bumstead
  • Larry Simms (Blondie’s Blessed Event) … Alexander Bumstead
  • Marjorie Ann Mutchie (Blondie’s Reward) … Cookie Bumstead
  • Adele Jergens (Day the World Ended) … Toby Clifton. The attractive, important “client” who’s chasing Dagwood.
  • Dick WesselMailman. The suffering mailman.
  • Jack Rice (Blondie’s Secret) … Ollie Shaw. He thinks he should have been in charge of the office.
  • Alyn LockwoodMary. The very nice office secretary. Who tells Ollie off.
  • Emory Parnell (Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House) … Herb Woodley. Dagwood’s neighbor, who gets in a shouting match with Dagwood early in the morning.
  • Isabel WithersHarriet Woodley. The gossip, who starts the rumor mill about Dagwood going out to eat with a beautiful woman other than Blondie. It’s idle gossip, of course, since it’s his business lunch with Toby Clifton. But that’s how the rumor weed grows.
  • Danny Mummert (Blondie on a Budget) … Alvin Fuddle
  • Douglas Fowley (Singin’ in the Rain, Cat-Women of the Moon) … Adolph. Toby’s accomplice, who pretends to be her husband. In order to blackmail Dagwood for $5,000!
  • William E. Green (Lost Continent) … Samuel P. Dutton. The man who actually owns Toby Enterprises! And he shows up at the office, expecting to sign the contract …
  • Daisy … Daisy, the family dog. And her puppies, of course.

Quotes

Dagwood: These cigars are 2 for a dollar.
Blondie: Mr. Dithers must have kept the 95 cents one for himself.

Mary: He (Dagwood) has seniority.
Ollie: Pity he doesn’t have a head to go with it!

Trivia

  • The last of twenty-eight Blondie movies. It would become a television series in 1957 with Arthur Lake, and again in 1968.
  • Three Stooges actress Symona Boniface has a minor role as a gossip.
  • Another Three Stooges regular, Emil Sitka, has a minor role as the trash collector.

Editorial review of Beware of Blondie courtesy of Amazon.com

Mr. Dithers leaves the business in Dagwood’s incapable hands for a few days. Dagwood finds himself faced with a sly, seductive and aggressive con woman.

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