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Blondie Goes Latin [Blondie movies]

   

Blondie Goes Latin (1941) starring Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Jonathon Hale

In Blondie Goes Latin, the Bumsteads go on a cruise to Latin America with Mr. Dithers. But, Dagwood’s missed an important meeting, so he spends the time hiding from Mr. Dithers! Blondie, however, sings several songs and dances as well. And Baby Dumpling has his first crush …

Comedy Highlights

  • Poor Dagwood in drag as a lady drummer.
  • The mailman rushes at Dagwood to “give him a test of his own medicine” – and misses!
  • Dagwood’s tearfully leaving the ship. Even the ship whistle’s sad about it!
  • Dagwood stuck on board ship – after he spends too much time playing with the band!
  • Baby Dumpling’s cute duet with Janet Burston
  • Dagwood playing “hide and seek” with Mr. Dithers when Blondie’s fainted. After she “thinks” she sees Dagwood on board ship!
  • Dagwood’s “ship to shore” phone call nearly ruined by Daisy.
  • Mr. Dither’s fainting when he “thinks” he sees Bumstead aboard ship!
  • Blondie and Dagwood’s “fight” on the dance floor, as Dagwood is in drag!
  • The jig is up, when Baby Dumpling “outs” his father in drag to Mr. Dithers. A funny bit, with a dog ripping off his skirt as he runs off!
  • The captain rushes at Dagwood to “give him a test of his own medicine” – and misses!
  • Poor Mr. Dithers throwing out his back as he’s dancing in the finale.

Cast

  • Penny Singleton (Blondie’s Holiday) … Blondie Bumstead
  • Arthur Lake (Blondie Knows Best) … Dagwood Bumstead
  • Larry Simms (Blondie’s Reward) … Baby Dumpling Bumstead
  • Daisy … Daisy, the Bumstead’s dog.
  • Ruth Terry (Pistol Packin’ Momma) … Lovey Nelson – the Singer
  • Danny Mummert (Blondie’s Secret) … Alvin Fuddle
  • Jonathan Hale (The Saint’s Double Trouble) … Mr. J.C. Dithers
  • Janet Burston (Ginger) … Little Girl Singer and Piano Player
  • Kirby Grant … Hal Trent – Orchestra Leader
  • Tito Guízar … Manuel Rodríguez

Songs

  • You Don’t Play a Drum, You Beat It. Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright. Played by Kirby Grant and Orchestra with Arthur Lake on drums. Sung by Ruth Terry an orchestra quartet. Reprised at the end by the orchestra and Penny Singleton
  • I Hate Music Lessons. Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright. Played on piano by Janet Burston.Sung by Janet Burston and Larry Simms
  • Solteiro e melhor.Music and Lyrics by Ruben Sores and Felisberto Silva. English Lyrics by William Morgan. Played by Kirby Grant and Orchestra with Tito Guízar on guitar. Sung in Spanish by Tito Guízar
  • Querida. Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright. Played by Kirby Grant and Orchestra with Tito Guízar on guitar. Sung in Spanish by Tito Guízar. Reprised by Tito Guízar and Penny Singleton singing in English. Reprised again by Penny Singleton at the end
  • You Can Cry On My Shoulder. Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright. Played by Kirby Grant and Orchestra with Arthur Lake on drums. Sung by Ruth Terry an orchestra quartet.
  • Brazilian Cotillion. Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright. Played by Kirby Grant and Orchestra. Sung by Tito Guízar, Penny Singleton and the orchestra quartet. Danced to by Tito Guízar and Penny Singleton. Reprised at the end with Penny Singleton dancing with Arthur Lake and Larry Simms dancing with Janet Burston

Editorial review of Blondie Goes Latin courtesy of Amazon

On a business trip to Latin America with Mr. Dithers and Blondie, Dagwood almost misses the boat…but then sneaks in with the ship’s orchestra, disguised as a lady drummer.

Trivia

  • The eighth of twenty-eight Blondie movies.

Quotes:

Lovey: What’s the matter, pal?
Dagwood: I’m all at sea.

Dagwood: I have to get ashore!
Lovey: Why, did you forget something?
Dagwood: Yeah, I forgot to stay there!

Little Girl: [about Baby Dumpling] It sure takes a man a long time to get dressed.

Baby Dumpling: [to Dagwood in drag] Hello, Daddy.

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