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#8- Blondie Goes Latin (1941)
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Bumstead (Penny Singleton)
Bumstead (Arthur Lake)
Dumpling Bumstead (Larry Simms)
Dithers (Jonathan Hale)
Fuddle (Danny Mummert)
Mr. Crumb (Irving Bacon)
About This Film:
This is a
musical and the only one from the series. Thank goodness they
didn't continue this trend. There were 28 Blondie movies made and
although I like them all, I'd have to say that this film is my least
favorite. Nothing very funny happens. I'm not overly
opposed to musicals, but it just doesn't fit the Blondie formula.
Except for the first scene of the film, everything that happened in the
movie was on a boat.
The Bumsteads go on vacation
with Mr. Dithers to South America.
They barely get on the boat when Dithers receives a disturbing
telegram. A client of the Dithers Construction Firm wants to
close a big business deal on a day that happens to fall on their
vacation time. This vacation is for Dithers' health and the
Bumsteads were merely guests, so Dagwood is stuck with the
responsibility of going back. Blondie, Baby Dumpling, and Daisy,
however, stay with Dithers and head for South America. Dagwood
tries to get off the boat, but is mistaken for a baggage boy and sent
back in. He meets up with the band and is at first mistaken for
being their replacement drummer. By the time Dagwood realizes
what has happened it is too late for him to leave the ship.
As the film goes on we find out
that the client of Dithers' firm is
trying to swindle them. A hispanic businessman reveals this to
Dithers while Dagwood is hiding. Dagwood doesn't know about this
until the end of the film. Ironically, Dithers would've been
happy if he knew Dagwood WAS on the boat. In the end, Dithers got
a better deal from the hispanic businessman. Incidentally, this
businessman gets a crush on Blondie. Blondie uses him later in
the film when she thinks that Dagwood is having an affair.
So as not to upset Dithers,
Dagwood hides from him and his family on
the ship. The band's lady singer helps him out and tries to get
him to tell Blondie about the mix-up without having Dithers know.
Unfortunately, Blondie finds Dagwood with the singer before he can
explain and she becomes downright jealous! Before Dagwood can
solve his problem with Blondie and Dithers, he has to help out the band
by posing as the drummer. It's a ten-piece band so if they don't
have ten members they're out of a job. Dagwood has to keep his
identity secret from Dithers, so the singer dresses Dagwood as a woman
and presents him as their lady drummer.
As you might've guessed,
Dagwood's disguise is short-lived.
Eventually everything is explained and everyone is happy again.
There are a lot of things in
this film that don't ring true for a
Blondie movie. Here's a list:
1. Baby Dumpling
disappears for most of the movie and no one gets
too concerned. In every other movie, Blondie and Dagwood freak
out when Baby Dumpling vanishes. It turns out he's made friends
with a little girl playing piano. Why isn't anyone worried about
Baby Dumpling? It's like he fell off the end of the Earth.
2. When Blondie finds
Dagwood with another woman and mistakenly
thinks he's having an affair, she gets a little too mean and
spiteful. The whole tone of the movie changes here from comedy to
drama...I don't like that. I feel sorry for Dagwood because it's
really too sad. Blondie completely disowns him.
3. Mr. Dithers doesn't
threaten to fire him at all in this
movie. Actually, this isn't a bd thing. It's just
odd. He's always firing Dagwood for lesser mistakes in the other
4. It's almost completely
inside filming. Most Blondie
movies show a lot of outside filming mixed in with staged
settings. The vast majority of this film was set on a boat.
5. The musical numbers
are okay, but nothing really
outstanding. I've heard better music and singing in the other
Blondie films that weren't musicals.
6. There are really no
supporting actors/actresses that really
stand out like in other Blondie films. No one really takes the
spotlight or serves much importance.
7. This film, for a
Blondie movie, is very thin on plot.
Blondie movies typically have very complex plots that intertwine with
one another making for really funny situations. The story for
this show is very simple.
There are highlights in this
film, too. It's still worth a
viewing if you're a Blondie fan. Here are things to watch for:
1. The mailman routine in
the first scene of the film. Mr.
Crumb interacts with the taxi driver who is going to take the Bumsteads
away. As with all the mailman scenes in any Blondie film, this is
2. Alvin Fuddle. He
appears only briefly in the beginning,
but Alvin is always funny.
3. We get to see Arthur
Lake (Dagwood Bumstead) playing the
drums, and he's actually quite good at it!
Overall, this isn't a bad, bad
movie. It's just not a very good
Blondie film. Still worth watching, though, mostly for the