Blondie (1938 film)

Blondie is a 1938 movie directed by Frank Strayer, based on the comic strip of the same title, created by Chic Young. The screenplay was written by Richard Flournoy. The plot involves the Bumstead's 5th anniversary, Dagwood trying to get a raise, and Blondie trying to buy new furniture.

Directed byFrank R. Strayer
Produced byRobert Sparks
Written byRichard Flournoy
Based onBlondie
by Chic Young
StarringPenny Singleton
Arthur Lake
Music byLeigh Harline
Ben Oakland
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byGene Havlick
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
November 30, 1938 (1938-11-30)
Running time
70 min.
CountryUnited States

This was the first of 28 films based on the comic strip; Columbia Pictures produced them from 1938 to 1943, and popular demand brought them back in 1945. When the Blondie film series came to an end with Beware of Blondie in 1950, it was announced that it would be replaced with a series of Gasoline Alley movies. However, only two such films were made, Gasoline Alley (1951) and Corky of Gasoline Alley (1951). Columbia then reissued the Blondie features, beginning with the very first film in the series.

Columbia used the series to showcase many of its contract players. Rita Hayworth was featured in Blondie on a Budget; Glenn Ford in Blondie Plays Cupid, Larry Parks and Janet Blair in Blondie Goes to College, Shemp Howard in Blondie Knows Best and Adele Jergens in Blondie's Anniversary. Other roles were taken by Columbia contractees Bruce Bennett, Lloyd Bridges, Ann Doran, Stanley Brown, Richard Fiske, Bud Jamison, Eddie Laughton, John Tyrrell, Alyn Lockwood, Jimmy Lloyd, Gay Nelson and Ross Ford.



Twenty-eight films were produced by Columbia Pictures between 1938 and 1950:

  1. Blondie (1938)
  2. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
  3. Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)
  4. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)
  5. Blondie on a Budget (1940)
  6. Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)
  7. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
  8. Blondie Goes Latin (1941)
  9. Blondie in Society (1941)
  10. Blondie Goes to College (1942)
  11. Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)
  12. Blondie for Victory (1942)
  13. It's a Great Life (1943)
  14. Footlight Glamour (1943)
  15. Leave It to Blondie (1945)
  16. Life with Blondie (1945)
  17. Blondie's Lucky Day (1946)
  18. Blondie Knows Best (1946)
  19. Blondie's Big Moment (1947)
  20. Blondie's Holiday (1947)
  21. Blondie in the Dough (1947)
  22. Blondie's Anniversary (1947)
  23. Blondie's Reward (1948)
  24. Blondie's Secret (1948)
  25. Blondie's Big Deal (1949)
  26. Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)
  27. Blondie's Hero (1950)
  28. Beware of Blondie (1950)

Further reading

Blondie Goes to Hollywood, by Carol Lynn Scherling. Albany, 2010. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-401-9.


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