Life with Blondie (1945)

64 or 70 mins | Comedy | 13 December 1945

Director:

Abby Berlin

Writer:

Connie Lee

Cinematographers:

L. W. O'Connell, George Kelley

Editor:

Jerome Thoms

Production Designer:

Perry Smith

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The onscreen credits may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. This film was one of many pictures in Columbia's "Blondie" series. For more information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see entry for Blondie! in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; ... More Less

The onscreen credits may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. This film was one of many pictures in Columbia's "Blondie" series. For more information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see entry for Blondie! in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0391. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Dec 1945.
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Daily Variety
27 Nov 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Mar 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Nov 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Oct 45
p. 2686.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Dec 45
p. 2734.
Variety
23 Jan 46
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
Music mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Blondie" created by Chic Young, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (1930--).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
13 December 1945
Production Date:
20 Aug--15 Sep 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 December 1945
Copyright Number:
LP31
Duration(in mins):
64 or 70
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11234
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dagwood Bumstead, a bumbling draftsman at Dithers Construction Co., asks his boss, J. C. Dithers, for a raise, but Dithers refuses him because Dagwood has been careless in handling important housing plans for client Simon Rutledge. Dithers, who is hoping that Rutledge's $100,000 loan will save his company, reprimands Dagwood and sends him home. Dagwood returns home just as the police arrive to deal with a complaint filed by a neighbor against the Bumsteads' trouble-making dog Daisy. While the police try to resolve the dispute, a newspaper reporter, who followed the police looking for a good story, learns from a neighbor that Daisy has been voted the Navy's "Pin-Up Pooch." The following day, chaos ensues at the Bumsteads' as the reporter's ensuing story about Daisy brings the dog instant fame. While neighbors and advertisers clamor for a glimpse of the celebrity dog, Dagwood's son Alexander telephones his father at work to tell him the exciting news. Unable to hear his son clearly over the noise at home, Dagwood misunderstands Alexander and concludes that Daisy has been killed, then races home. Happy to see Daisy alive, Dagwood eagerly accepts advertiser Theodore Glassby's offer to have the dog pose for his soap advertisements. One day, two men working for gangster Blackie Leonard approach Dagwood and tell him that Blackie's girlfriend Hazel saw a picture of Daisy and wants the dog for herself. When Dagwood refuses to sell Daisy, Blackie's henchmen threaten to kill him to get the dog. As Daisy's modeling career flourishes, Dagwood becomes jealous of his dog's earnings and decides to model for Glassby himself. A short time later, the gangsters return, abduct ... +


Dagwood Bumstead, a bumbling draftsman at Dithers Construction Co., asks his boss, J. C. Dithers, for a raise, but Dithers refuses him because Dagwood has been careless in handling important housing plans for client Simon Rutledge. Dithers, who is hoping that Rutledge's $100,000 loan will save his company, reprimands Dagwood and sends him home. Dagwood returns home just as the police arrive to deal with a complaint filed by a neighbor against the Bumsteads' trouble-making dog Daisy. While the police try to resolve the dispute, a newspaper reporter, who followed the police looking for a good story, learns from a neighbor that Daisy has been voted the Navy's "Pin-Up Pooch." The following day, chaos ensues at the Bumsteads' as the reporter's ensuing story about Daisy brings the dog instant fame. While neighbors and advertisers clamor for a glimpse of the celebrity dog, Dagwood's son Alexander telephones his father at work to tell him the exciting news. Unable to hear his son clearly over the noise at home, Dagwood misunderstands Alexander and concludes that Daisy has been killed, then races home. Happy to see Daisy alive, Dagwood eagerly accepts advertiser Theodore Glassby's offer to have the dog pose for his soap advertisements. One day, two men working for gangster Blackie Leonard approach Dagwood and tell him that Blackie's girlfriend Hazel saw a picture of Daisy and wants the dog for herself. When Dagwood refuses to sell Daisy, Blackie's henchmen threaten to kill him to get the dog. As Daisy's modeling career flourishes, Dagwood becomes jealous of his dog's earnings and decides to model for Glassby himself. A short time later, the gangsters return, abduct Daisy and take her to their hideout at a nightclub. Dagwood, accompanied by a group of Navy men, arrives at the nightclub in time to defeat the gangsters in a fistfight. Daisy is returned to the Bumsteads unharmed, and Rutledge, who witnessed the amazing brawl, agrees to loan Dither the money. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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