Blondie Goes to College (1942)

74 mins | Comedy | 15 January 1942

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Writer:

Lou Breslow

Producer:

Robert Sparks

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Otto Meyer

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Although onscreen credits list Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin as songwriters, and a Columbia publicity item in the AMPAS Library notes that Penny Singleton performed the song "Do I Need You" in the film, the number was cut from the viewed print. For additional information on the "Blondie" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0391 for Blondie! ... More Less

Although onscreen credits list Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin as songwriters, and a Columbia publicity item in the AMPAS Library notes that Penny Singleton performed the song "Do I Need You" in the film, the number was cut from the viewed print. For additional information on the "Blondie" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0391 for Blondie! More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
31 Jan 1942.
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Daily Variety
26 Feb 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Mar 42
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Mar 42
p. 538.
Variety
11 Feb 42
p. 8.
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
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Blondie" created by Chic Young, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (1930--).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Do I Need You," words and music by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
15 January 1942
Production Date:
18 September--18 October 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 January 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11010
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in feet):
6,650
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7825
SYNOPSIS

While attending a college football game with his wife Blondie and son Baby Dumpling, bumbling draftsman Dagwood Bumstead decides that he wants to go back to school. Blondie, who frequently badgers her husband to ask his boss, Mr. J. C. Dithers, for a raise, not only approves of Dagwood's decision but decides to enroll with him at Leighton University. After sending their son to the Calhoun Military Academy, Blondie and Dagwood move into a boardinghouse near the campus and begin their studies at the university. In the hopes of reliving their youthful college days, Blondie and Dagwood decide to pretend that they are not married. The arrangement soon causes complications, however, when All-American football player Rusty Bryant begins a romantic pursuit of Blondie. After Blondie meets Rusty's friends, Marge Easton and Babs Connelly, Rusty arranges to have her move into their sorority house. Dagwood, meanwhile, unwittingly becomes the new boyfriend of Laura Wadsworth, the most popular girl on campus. Later, Dagwood and Blondie sneak off campus long enough to visit Baby Dumpling, who has been made a corporal at the military boarding school. Back at Leighton, Dithers visits Dagwood and tells him that he needs him back at the office to complete work on an important deal with J. J. Wadsworth. Dagwood agrees to leave Leighton until he learns that he has been drafted to replace Rusty on the school rowing team. During the rowing competition, Dagwood meets Wadsworth, who is Laura's father, but makes a terrible impression on him when he loses the rowing race for Leighton. Dithers, hoping to get Dagwood back to the office, takes Baby Dumpling to Leighton and instructs the child ... +


While attending a college football game with his wife Blondie and son Baby Dumpling, bumbling draftsman Dagwood Bumstead decides that he wants to go back to school. Blondie, who frequently badgers her husband to ask his boss, Mr. J. C. Dithers, for a raise, not only approves of Dagwood's decision but decides to enroll with him at Leighton University. After sending their son to the Calhoun Military Academy, Blondie and Dagwood move into a boardinghouse near the campus and begin their studies at the university. In the hopes of reliving their youthful college days, Blondie and Dagwood decide to pretend that they are not married. The arrangement soon causes complications, however, when All-American football player Rusty Bryant begins a romantic pursuit of Blondie. After Blondie meets Rusty's friends, Marge Easton and Babs Connelly, Rusty arranges to have her move into their sorority house. Dagwood, meanwhile, unwittingly becomes the new boyfriend of Laura Wadsworth, the most popular girl on campus. Later, Dagwood and Blondie sneak off campus long enough to visit Baby Dumpling, who has been made a corporal at the military boarding school. Back at Leighton, Dithers visits Dagwood and tells him that he needs him back at the office to complete work on an important deal with J. J. Wadsworth. Dagwood agrees to leave Leighton until he learns that he has been drafted to replace Rusty on the school rowing team. During the rowing competition, Dagwood meets Wadsworth, who is Laura's father, but makes a terrible impression on him when he loses the rowing race for Leighton. Dithers, hoping to get Dagwood back to the office, takes Baby Dumpling to Leighton and instructs the child to beg his parents to return home. Dagwood quickly hides his son and dog Daisy in his boardinghouse room, but when the police arrive, he and Dithers are arrested and charged with kidnapping. While Blondie attends a college dance, Dagwood suffers through a police interrogation, and is unable to prove that Baby Dumpling is his son, or that Daisy is his dog. Dagwood insists that the police bring in Blondie to identify him, and Blondie soon clears up the confusion. After Blondie returns to the college dance with Dagwood and Baby Dumpling, she makes a public confession that she is a wife and mother. The students later cheer Dagwood for winning a crab-catching contest for the school, and the accomplishment changes Wadsworth's opinion of him for the better. Wadsworth shows his appreciation by signing a deal with Dithers, and, after Dithers agrees to reinstate Dagwood on Dagwood's terms, the Bumsteads leave Leighton and return home. +

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