Life With Blondie (1945)

Between 1938 and 1950, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake achieved fame and fortune as Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead.  The Blondie series followed a familiar pattern as Dagwood would find himself in a troubling situations only to be saved purpopesly or inadvertantly by Blondie.

Right before Christmas 1945, Columbia Pictures released Life with Blondie (1945), one of the later films in the series.  In this film, the Bumstead’s dog Daisy becomes a model for commercials.  Daisy’s career proves to be a financial boom for the Bumsteads.


Blondie, Daisy and Dagwood from their radio show publicity still (Public Domain)

Dagwood struggles with Daisy’s success in being more of a financial provider than him.  Dagwood also has to fend off some gangsters, who want to buy Daisy for their boss’ girlfriend.

The movie contained a number of gags familiar to the series like running over their mailman but what I found most enteraining in this film was the interactions between Dagwood and his boss J. C. Dithers, played by Jonathan Hale.  One of the funniest bits was when Cookie Bumstead walks out on the ledge of their office building and Mr. Dithers and Dagwood notice her.

Arthur Lake, who played Dagwood Bumstead, was born on April 17, 1905 in Corbin, Kentucky.  His parents were circus acrobats.  Lake worked with his parents before finding work in vaudeville.

Lake began working in silent films in 1917.  He would continue to work in films and then television until his retirement in 1957.  Lake would have 165 film credits before he retired.  Lake passed away on January 9, 1987 at 81 years of age.

Life with Blondie runs about 69 minutes.  I saw the film on Movies! television network.  Let me know what you think of the film.

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