Blondie Goes Latin (1941)

68 or 70 mins | Comedy | 27 February 1941

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Producer:

Robert Sparks

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Gene Havlick

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The onscreen credits may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. According to a 3 Dec 1940 HR news item, producer Robert Sparks temporarily stepped into direct after Frank Strayer fell ill with the flu. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Blondie! in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0391. ...

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The onscreen credits may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. According to a 3 Dec 1940 HR news item, producer Robert Sparks temporarily stepped into direct after Frank Strayer fell ill with the flu. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Blondie! in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0391.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Feb 1941
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Daily Variety
20 Feb 1941
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Film Daily
27 Feb 1941
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
31 Oct 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 1940
p. 1
Motion Picture Herald
1 Mar 1941
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Jan 1941
p. 46
New York Times
26 Feb 1941
p. 17
Variety
29 Feb 1941
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Jerome Pycha
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus adv
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Blondie" created by Chic Young, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (1930--).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Querida," "Brazilian Cotillion," "You Don't Play a Drum, You Beat It," "I Hate Music Lessons" and "You Can't Cry on My Shoulder," music and lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest; "Solteiro e melhor," music and lyrics by Ruben Soares and Felisberto Silva, English lyrics by William Morgan.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
27 February 1941
Production Date:
5 Nov--12 Dec 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
7 February 1941
LP10287
Duration(in mins):
68 or 70
Length(in feet):
6,151
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

The Bumstead family: father Dagwood, his wife Blondie, their son Baby Dumpling and dog Daisy, board a cruise ship to South America to accompany Dagwood's boss, Mr. J. C. Dithers, on a relaxing vacation. At the last minute, however, Dithers receives a telegram from Henderpost, a client interested in buying a canning factory owned by Dithers' company, and so Dithers sends Dagwood ashore to close the deal. As Dagwood bids farewell to his family, in the rehearsal hall below decks, bandleader Hal Trent and his musicians realize that their drummer is missing. While proceeding down the gang plank to shore, Dagwood collides with a messenger delivering the drums to the band, who shoves the drums into Dagwood's arms, throwing him off balance and back onto the ship's deck. When the ship's captain orders him to remove the drums, Dagwood stumbles down the stairs and into the rehearsal hall. Realizing that the ship has pulled out of the harbor, Dagwood explains his predicament to Lovey Nelson, the band's singer. Meanwhile, above deck, passenger Manuel Rodríguez receives a cable from his business partner, informing him that Dithers is onboard the ship and instructing him to proceed with caution. In Lovey's stateroom, a beleaguered Dagwood confides his troubles to Lovey, who agrees to speak to Blondie for him. Relieved, Dagwood walks out into the hallway and encounters Blondie, who, thinking that Dagwood is onshore, faints at the sight of him, forcing Dagwood and Lovey carry her to her room. When Dithers knocks on the door, they sneak out the door of Dithers' adjoining stateroom. Upon regaining consciousness in her own stateroom, Blondie insists that she ...

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The Bumstead family: father Dagwood, his wife Blondie, their son Baby Dumpling and dog Daisy, board a cruise ship to South America to accompany Dagwood's boss, Mr. J. C. Dithers, on a relaxing vacation. At the last minute, however, Dithers receives a telegram from Henderpost, a client interested in buying a canning factory owned by Dithers' company, and so Dithers sends Dagwood ashore to close the deal. As Dagwood bids farewell to his family, in the rehearsal hall below decks, bandleader Hal Trent and his musicians realize that their drummer is missing. While proceeding down the gang plank to shore, Dagwood collides with a messenger delivering the drums to the band, who shoves the drums into Dagwood's arms, throwing him off balance and back onto the ship's deck. When the ship's captain orders him to remove the drums, Dagwood stumbles down the stairs and into the rehearsal hall. Realizing that the ship has pulled out of the harbor, Dagwood explains his predicament to Lovey Nelson, the band's singer. Meanwhile, above deck, passenger Manuel Rodríguez receives a cable from his business partner, informing him that Dithers is onboard the ship and instructing him to proceed with caution. In Lovey's stateroom, a beleaguered Dagwood confides his troubles to Lovey, who agrees to speak to Blondie for him. Relieved, Dagwood walks out into the hallway and encounters Blondie, who, thinking that Dagwood is onshore, faints at the sight of him, forcing Dagwood and Lovey carry her to her room. When Dithers knocks on the door, they sneak out the door of Dithers' adjoining stateroom. Upon regaining consciousness in her own stateroom, Blondie insists that she saw Dagwood in the hallway, and to prove her wrong, Dithers asks the ship's operator to phone Dagwood at the Bumstead residence. Lovey, meanwhile, convinces Dagwood to call Blondie and explain the situation, and when Blondie picks up the phone and hears Dagwood's voice, she thinks that he is calling from their house. Soon after, the ship's captain demands to see the band's drummer and Lovey cajoles Dagwood into donning a dress and posing as the band's female drummer. As Dagwood contemplates his disguise, Blondie returns to her room and finds a message from the ship's radio operator, informing her that there was no answer to her phone call. When Blondie sees a ship's steward carrying a huge sandwich, Dagwood's favorite snack, on a tray, she realizes that he is onboard and traces the sandwich to Lovey's room, where she finds her half-clothed husband. Believing that Dagwood is having an affair with Lovey, Blondie storms out of the room. Rodríguez, meanwhile, introduces himself to Dithers and outbids Henderpost's offer by $10,000 and Dithers, thinking that Dagwood has already closed the deal, despairs. At the concert that night, Lovey introduces Dagwood, garbed in a dress, as the band's new drummer. When Blondie recognizes her husband behind the drummer's skirts, she asks Rodríguez to pretend to romance her, hoping to make Dagwood jealous. When Blondie leaves the dance floor with Rodríguez, Lovey hurries after her to explain the situation. Dagwood, miserable, hides behind his drum kit, and when Baby Dumpling recognizes his father, he points him out to Dithers. Unaware that Dithers is thrilled to discover that he has failed to complete the deal, a fearful Dagwood flees to the top deck where a forgiving Blondie embraces him. After Dithers follows and congratulates Dagwood, they rejoin the festivities on the dance floor.

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