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Blondie Film Series:
#3- Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)
About This Film
Bumstead (Penny Singleton)
Bumstead (Arthur Lake)
Dumpling Bumstead (Larry Simms)
Fuddle (Danny Mummert)
Mr. Crumb (Irving Bacon)
N. Gillis (Donald Meek)
Morton (Donald MacBride)
Dickerson (Thomas W. Ross)
Dickerson (Elizabeth Dunn, credited Elizabeth Dunne)
Larkin (Robert Wilcox)
Holden the Banker (Harlan Briggs)
Train (Arthur Housman, uncredited)
About This Film:
This is the
third Blondie film and a great one at that. The Blondie series
was good at continuity. This one starts where #2 left off.
The Bumsteads finally do get to go on that vacation, sort of.
of mishaps gets the vacation off to a real bad start.
But when the Bumsteads are denied to stay at a thriving lake resort
hotel, (run by Donald MacBride's character, Harvey Morton) they are
forced to stay at a run-down, nearly shut-down hotel owned by a nice
Dickersons (played by Thomas W. Ross and Elizabeth Dunne) are about
to lose their hotel. When the Bumsteads learn of this, they
decide to help get customers for the Dickersons. But this is not
without a lot of work and hilarious misadventures.
Bumsteads never do get to enjoy their vacation. In fact, they
nearly go broke paying for all of the Dickersons' debts. But, as
you guessed it, everything comes out good in the end.
MacBride, playing the part of the mean old butthead to
perfection, burns down his own hotel to claim the insurance money, and
tries to frame Dagwood! But Baby Dumpling and Daisy, witnesses to
the real arsonist, set everything straight for the cops. Harvey
Morton's hotel is gone, Morton is arrested, and the Dickersons hotel is
the only one left on the lake. Obviously, they become instantly
rich, thanks to the Bumsteads.
Bumsteads are offered an interest in the hotel, but Blondie forces
them to turn it down. She didn't want the hassles of running a
hotel full-time. But they do get paid back all the money they
spent on the Dickersons' behalf.
really, their vacation was not a vacation, but another typical
Bumstead tribulation. They didn't get anything out of the deal,
but we sure do! This is one of the most charming movies of the
whole series! Very enjoyable!
Meek as the elderly old pyromaniac is a creepy, but likable
character. I've enjoyed Meek in his other pictures, and liked him
in this one as well. He often brings humor to the scenes that
would otherwise be downers.
Wilcox, who plays Donald Meek's protective nephew, is a cool
fella. He's a good-looking, nice guy who can really act. I
think he's quite smooth. He would have been great as an
W. Ross and Elizabeth Dunne are wonderful, likable cast
members. They give a warmth and charm to this film that it needed
amongst all the other crazy characters. They don't have a lot of
comical moments, but they do give this movie some reality.
Housman has a brief, but memorable cameo playing, you guessed
it, a drunk. Housman was famous for playing small parts as drunks
in a long line of movies. For classic movie buffs, his seen
should be a real treat.