It's a Great Life (1943)

66 or 68 mins | Comedy | 27 May 1943

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Producer:

Frank R. Strayer

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Blondie Buys a Horse. The above-listed onscreen credits may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. According to a HR news item, this was Hugh Herbert's first assigment under his term contract at Columbia. 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 working title of this film was Blondie Buys a Horse. The above-listed onscreen credits may have been altered for re-release by King Features Syndicate. According to a HR news item, this was Hugh Herbert's first assigment under his term contract at Columbia. 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 May 1943
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Daily Variety
6 Jul 1943
p. 3
Film Daily
27-May-43
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1943
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 1943
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 1943
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jul 1943
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Apr 1943
p. 1241
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Jul 1943
p. 1414
Variety
16 Jun 1943
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Frank Strayer
Dir
Rex Bailey
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Frank Strayer
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Blondie" created by Chic Young, owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. (1930--).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Blondie Buys a Horse
Release Date:
27 May 1943
Production Date:
21 Jan--late Feb 1943
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
27 May 1943
LP12070
Duration(in mins):
66 or 68
Length(in feet):
6,028
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

The Bumstead household is in turmoil as wife and mother Blondie is trying to feed her daughter Cookie in the kitchen while the family dog Daisy and her pups race through the house, two workmen are waxing floors in the front of the house, and son Baby Dumpling and his pal, Alvin Fuddle, are hosting their neighborhood gang in the backyard. Dagwood, the head of the household, blissfully snoozes through the discord until Blondie awakens him and he receives a phone call from J. C. Dithers, his real estate developer boss, instructing him to buy a house. Unable to hear over the roar of the floor waxing machines, Dagwood thinks that Dithers has ordered him to buy a horse, and proceeds to the address to purchase the animal. Dagwood and his new acquisition arrive at the office just as Dithers is being examined by a panel of insurance doctors. Upon learning of Dagwood's mistake, Dithers' blood pressure skyrockets and he throws Dagwood out of his office. When Dagwood tries to return the animal to its original owner, the man tells him he has already cashed the check. Wearily, Dagwood leads Reggie, the horse, home and ties him outside the house while he tries to explain to Blondie that he has brought home a house guest. When Reggie wanders into the house, Blondie is horrified to learn that Dagwood paid two hundred dollars for the beast. After promising Blondie that he will sell the horse, Dagwood leads Reggie out to the backyard and improvises a stable for him. The next morning, as Dagwood runs for his bus, Reggie follows, causing him to miss his ...

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The Bumstead household is in turmoil as wife and mother Blondie is trying to feed her daughter Cookie in the kitchen while the family dog Daisy and her pups race through the house, two workmen are waxing floors in the front of the house, and son Baby Dumpling and his pal, Alvin Fuddle, are hosting their neighborhood gang in the backyard. Dagwood, the head of the household, blissfully snoozes through the discord until Blondie awakens him and he receives a phone call from J. C. Dithers, his real estate developer boss, instructing him to buy a house. Unable to hear over the roar of the floor waxing machines, Dagwood thinks that Dithers has ordered him to buy a horse, and proceeds to the address to purchase the animal. Dagwood and his new acquisition arrive at the office just as Dithers is being examined by a panel of insurance doctors. Upon learning of Dagwood's mistake, Dithers' blood pressure skyrockets and he throws Dagwood out of his office. When Dagwood tries to return the animal to its original owner, the man tells him he has already cashed the check. Wearily, Dagwood leads Reggie, the horse, home and ties him outside the house while he tries to explain to Blondie that he has brought home a house guest. When Reggie wanders into the house, Blondie is horrified to learn that Dagwood paid two hundred dollars for the beast. After promising Blondie that he will sell the horse, Dagwood leads Reggie out to the backyard and improvises a stable for him. The next morning, as Dagwood runs for his bus, Reggie follows, causing him to miss his ride to work. When Blondie suggests that he ride Reggie to work, Dagwood, who has never ridden a horse, mounts Reggie backwards and proceeds to the office. Dagwood and Reggie arrive just as Dithers is in the process of closing an important real estate deal with Timothy Brewster, an eccentric millionaire who loves horses. After Reggie, who has followed Dagwood up the stairs, walks into Dithers' office, Brewster ends all discussion about the deal and devotes his attention to the horse. When Collender Martin, Dithers' business rival, unexpectedly arrives, he tries to court Brewster. As Brewster leaves the office, he invites Reggie's owner to a fox hunt at his estate the next morning. Determined to take advantage of the situation, Martin hurries to the Bumstead house and purchases Reggie from Blondie. That night, the Bumsteads are surprised by a midnight visit from Dithers, who has come to praise Dagwood's ingenuity in interesting Brewster in his horse. Just as Dagwood informs Dithers that Reggie has been sold to his competitor, the horse wanders back home and is joyously welcomed by the Bumsteads and Dithers. Soon after, Martin arrives, looking for his horse, and Blondie tears up the check that he has given her. The next morning, Dithers and Dagwood take Reggie to the Brewsters', and Martin, brandishing his bill of sale for Reggie, appears and gives the horse to Brewster. As a souvenir of his time with Reggie, Dagwood, dressed for the hunt, poses for a photograph while mounted on the horse's back. At that moment, Reggie rears up and gallops away furiously to join the pack. After a mad ride, Dagwood finds the fox trapped in a tree and thinking that it is a dog, releases him, gathers the animal in his arms and rides to the house, where he is proclaimed the victor of the hunt. Brewster is so impressed by Dagwood's horsemanship that he closes the deal with Dithers. Reggie and Daisy then say goodbye to one another and Reggie gallops off to join his new owner.

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