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Blondie in Society

   

In Blondie in Society, Dagwood borrows fifty dollars to an old friend — and gets repaid with a pedigreed Great Dane, “Champion Chin Up White Tie for Dinner”. A dog that eats everything in sight, but can’t win a dog show to save its’ life.

Blondie in Society (1941) starring Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake

Blondie in Society is a funny, solid entry in the Blondie series. There’s a lot of slapstick comedy, mixed with a loving family sitcom. Dagwood’s a very funny screen clown. Blondie (once again) runs to a divorce lawyer, over a silly reason — Dagwood brought home the dog that ate the family’s dinner! And once again, the lawyer gives her a good idea that sends her back home.

Comedy highlights

  • Poor mailman hiding in the tree, to avoid being run over by Dagwood. Which works! Until he falls out of the tree …
  • Chin Up eating the family’ dinner (stew) in one gulp. Then eating Dagwood’s sandwich.
  • Blondie, upset, turns the new washing machine on suicide overdrive, and rides the new bike through the front door! Knocking over the poor mailman on the way out!
  • Getting Chin Up from the animal hospital — that poor man!
  • Blondie discovering that Chin Up acts like a show dog when he hears “Under the Old Apple Tree”
  • “Musical chairs” on the phone with Blondie, Dagwood, and Mr. Dithers.
  • Chaos at the dog show, until Blondie starts singing and Chin up starts behaving. For a little while.
  • Fight at the dog fight after Chin Up wins!

Funny movie quotes from Blondie in Society

[Dagwood’s in an oversized dog house in Mr. Dithers’ office]
Dagwood: Will you raise the roof?
J. C. Dithers: I will if you don’t get out of there!

J. C. Dithers: [answering phone] Yes, Blondie, he’s here. Where he normally is. [in the dog house]

Baby Dumpling: Hi, toots!
Blondie: Baby Dumpling, did you say that to me?
Baby Dumpling: I wasn’t talkin’ to your Aunt Hannah.

Cast of characters

Additional Cast

Songs

  • The Farmer in the Dell
    • Traditional
    • Played during the opening credits
  • In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (1905)
    • Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
    • Words by Harry Williams
    • Hummed by Penny Singleton
    • Sung a cappella by Penny Singleton
  • Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? (1864)
    • Music from the German folk song “Der Deitcher’s Dog”
    • English lyrics by Septimus Winner
    • Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir at the dog show
  • Trees (1922)
    • Poem by Joyce Kilmer (by permission of Aline Kilmer)
    • Music by Oscar Rasbach
    • Sung by Penny Singleton and The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir at the dog show

Editorial review of Blondie in Society courtesy of Amazon

Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show.

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