Blondie in Society (1941)

77 mins | Comedy | 17 July 1941

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HISTORY

The onscreen credits of this film may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. According to a HR news item, Lou Breslow was originally assigned to write the screenplay for the picture, but the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. 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 ; ... More Less

The onscreen credits of this film may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. According to a HR news item, Lou Breslow was originally assigned to write the screenplay for the picture, but the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. 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. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Jul 1941.
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Daily Variety
26 Jun 1941.
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Film Daily
17 Jul 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Jun 41
p. 174.
Variety
2 Jul 41
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Blondie" created by Chic Young, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (1930--).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Trees," words by Joyce Kilmer, music by Oscar Rasbach
"In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," words by Harry Williams, music by Egbert Van Alstyne
"Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?" words by Septimus Winner, music traditional.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
17 July 1941
Production Date:
4 Apr--7 May 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 July 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10644
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,879
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dagwood Bumstead returns home from work one afternoon to find the police waiting to question him because his wife Blondie has found a $50 check, forged with his signature and made out to Cliff Peters. When Dagwood explains that he wrote the check as a loan to his old friend, Blondie becomes irate because she had been saving for a hair permanent and a new bicycle for their son, Baby Dumpling. After Blondie badgers her husband into collecting the loan, Dagwood goes to visit Cliff at the dog kennels his friend owns. There, Cliff talks Dagwood into accepting a Great Dane named Chin-up as security for the debt. When her husband returns home with the gigantic canine which proceeds to devour every bit of food in the house, Blondie is horrified. The next day, Dagwood pays a business call to Waldo Pincus, the owner of a land development company. Upon discovering that Pincus is a Great Dane fancier, Dagwood tells him about Chin-up and Pincus makes an appointment to see the dog at Dagwood's office the next day. Upon arriving home from work that evening, Dagwood is confronted by a hoard of angry neighbors brandishing bills for the damage that Chin- up has caused. The next day, Pincus appears at Dagwood's office at the J. C. Dithers Construction Company. When Pincus learns the name of Dagwood's employer, he calls Dithers a swindler and insults Chin-up. Offended, Dagwood threatens to enter Chin-up in the upcoming dog show and defeat Pincus' champion dog. Furious, Dithers fires Dagwood and after Dagwood leaves the office, Pincus offers Dithers a business deal in exchange for preventing Chin-up ... +


Dagwood Bumstead returns home from work one afternoon to find the police waiting to question him because his wife Blondie has found a $50 check, forged with his signature and made out to Cliff Peters. When Dagwood explains that he wrote the check as a loan to his old friend, Blondie becomes irate because she had been saving for a hair permanent and a new bicycle for their son, Baby Dumpling. After Blondie badgers her husband into collecting the loan, Dagwood goes to visit Cliff at the dog kennels his friend owns. There, Cliff talks Dagwood into accepting a Great Dane named Chin-up as security for the debt. When her husband returns home with the gigantic canine which proceeds to devour every bit of food in the house, Blondie is horrified. The next day, Dagwood pays a business call to Waldo Pincus, the owner of a land development company. Upon discovering that Pincus is a Great Dane fancier, Dagwood tells him about Chin-up and Pincus makes an appointment to see the dog at Dagwood's office the next day. Upon arriving home from work that evening, Dagwood is confronted by a hoard of angry neighbors brandishing bills for the damage that Chin- up has caused. The next day, Pincus appears at Dagwood's office at the J. C. Dithers Construction Company. When Pincus learns the name of Dagwood's employer, he calls Dithers a swindler and insults Chin-up. Offended, Dagwood threatens to enter Chin-up in the upcoming dog show and defeat Pincus' champion dog. Furious, Dithers fires Dagwood and after Dagwood leaves the office, Pincus offers Dithers a business deal in exchange for preventing Chin-up from entering the show. After Chin-up swallows one of the company's blueprints, Dagwood takes him to the vet to have his stomach pumped. Unable to pay the bill, Dagwood is forced to leave the canine there as collateral. When Dagwood arrives home without his pet, Blondie assumes that he has sold the animal and begins to spend the profits, and Dagwood is afraid to tell her the truth. When the vet calls the next day to demand his fee, Blondie becomes hysterical over Dagwood's deception and visits an attorney about a divorce. After the lawyer convinces Blondie to reconcile with her husband and be more tolerant of Chin- up, she returns home. The next morning, Dagwood is packing up his desk when Dithers offers to rehire him if he promises not to enter Chin-up in the show. After Dagwood agrees, Dithers proposes buying the dog as a gift for Pincus, and the two proceed to the vet's office. They arrive just as Blondie, who has convinced the vet to reduce the bill, strides out with Chin-up. At home, Blondie sees a notice in the paper offering $500 to the winner of the Great Dane Specialty Show. Knowing that Chin-up has a history of falling asleep at dog shows, Blondie ponders how to make him a champion and while lost in thought, she begins to sing "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree." When Chin-up strikes a show stance upon hearing the tune, Blondie, who is unaware of her husband's bargain with Dithers, enters the dog in the competition. The day of the show, Pincus thinks he has been betrayed when he sees Blondie register Chin-up. When Blondie leaves the dog in a stall while she goes to talk to the registrar, Dithers gives the animal to Pincus. Upon returning to the arena, Blondie finds Chin-up in Pincus' stall, but leads the dog to the ring anyway. When Chin-up lies down in the midst of the show, Blondie convinces a visiting boys's choir to sing the song "Trees." Inspired by the tune, Chin-up springs to his feet and wins the championship. After Chin- up is awarded the prize money, an argument erupts among the vet, Blondie, Dagwood, Pincus and Dithers as to who owns the dog. When the dispute escalates into a brawl, the police intervene. The ownership of the dog is settled when Pincus offers Dagwood $1,000 for the animal, and Blondie adds the provision that Dithers rehire her husband and pay for her permanent and Baby Dumpling's bike. +

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

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