Blondie for Victory (1942)

72 mins | Comedy | 6 August 1942

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Producer:

Robert Sparks

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The onscreen credits of this film may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. In the onscreen credits, the Bumsteads' baby daughter is listed as "Cookie" rather than as Majelle White, the actress who portrayed her, and White is not credited onscreen. This was the twelfth entry in Columbia's "Blondie" series. 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 of this film may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. In the onscreen credits, the Bumsteads' baby daughter is listed as "Cookie" rather than as Majelle White, the actress who portrayed her, and White is not credited onscreen. This was the twelfth entry in Columbia's "Blondie" series. 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
31 Oct 1942
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Oct 1942
p. 959
Variety
14 Oct 1942
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Ed Bernds
Sd eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Blondie" created by Chic Young, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (1930--).
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
6 August 1942
Production Date:
14 Apr--5 May 1942
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
1 August 1942
LP11489
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,409
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When Blondie Bumstead convinces her housewife neighbors to form a civilian defense group known as the "Housewives of America," the Bumstead household suffers. Dagwood, Blondie's husband, arrives home from work most nights to be greeted by a note notifying him that his wife is at a meeting. Baby Dumpling, the Bumstead's son, is left to fend for himself and Daisy, the family dog has the run of the house. The other husbands in the neighborhood are also experiencing similiar neglect, and when they discover that Blondie was responsible for the formation of the "Housewives of America," they insist that Dagwood persuade his wife to disband the group. Meanwhile, J. C. Dithers, Dagwood's boss, has been displaced from his home by a delegation of visiting soldiers and seeks refuge at the local hotel and the Bumstead house. When Herschel Smith, one of the soldiers, comes Dagwood's house in search of his host, Dithers conceives of a scheme to terminate the "Housewives of America." Dithers instructs Dagwood to don Herschel's uniform, go the campsite where the women are camped overnight on a training mission and inform Blondie that he has enlisted at the military. Meanwhile, at the campsite, the women, unnerved by the appearance of a sinister man they presume to be a spy bent on blowing up the nearby dam, desert Blondie. When Dagwood reaches the camp, Blondie, thinking that he has enlisted, is overwhelmed by the sight of her husband in uniform and decides that a wife's rightful place is in the home. Back in town, Herschel is ordered to report to active duty and, desperate to retrieve his uniform, sets out after ...

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When Blondie Bumstead convinces her housewife neighbors to form a civilian defense group known as the "Housewives of America," the Bumstead household suffers. Dagwood, Blondie's husband, arrives home from work most nights to be greeted by a note notifying him that his wife is at a meeting. Baby Dumpling, the Bumstead's son, is left to fend for himself and Daisy, the family dog has the run of the house. The other husbands in the neighborhood are also experiencing similiar neglect, and when they discover that Blondie was responsible for the formation of the "Housewives of America," they insist that Dagwood persuade his wife to disband the group. Meanwhile, J. C. Dithers, Dagwood's boss, has been displaced from his home by a delegation of visiting soldiers and seeks refuge at the local hotel and the Bumstead house. When Herschel Smith, one of the soldiers, comes Dagwood's house in search of his host, Dithers conceives of a scheme to terminate the "Housewives of America." Dithers instructs Dagwood to don Herschel's uniform, go the campsite where the women are camped overnight on a training mission and inform Blondie that he has enlisted at the military. Meanwhile, at the campsite, the women, unnerved by the appearance of a sinister man they presume to be a spy bent on blowing up the nearby dam, desert Blondie. When Dagwood reaches the camp, Blondie, thinking that he has enlisted, is overwhelmed by the sight of her husband in uniform and decides that a wife's rightful place is in the home. Back in town, Herschel is ordered to report to active duty and, desperate to retrieve his uniform, sets out after Dagwood. As Blondie recants her allegiance to the "Housewives of America," Herschel appears at the camp, followed by Dithers and two M.P.s in pursuit of the AWOL soldier. Mistaking the uniformed Dagwood for Herschel, the M.P.s begin to chase him up the mountain side. When Dagwood notices the sinister little man climbing into the dam with a package under his arm, he assumes the parcel contains a bomb, forgets his own peril and chases after the man. After a struggle, Dagwood apprehends the man and wrests the package from him just as Blondie, Dithers and the soldiers arrive. When the assembled group finally opens the package, they find nothing more than ten pounds of rationed sugar that the little man was planning to hoard. Nevertheless, Dagwood's heroism in pursuing the supposed spy wins him a pardon for unlawfully wearing an Army uniform, and with the dissolution of the "Housewives of America," order returns to the Bumstead home.

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