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#27- Blondie's Hero (1950)

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Blondie Bumstead (Penny Singleton)
Dagwood Bumstead (Arthur Lake)
Alexander Bumstead (Larry Simms)
Cookie Bumstead (Marjorie Kent aka Marjorie Ann Mutchie)
William Frawley (of "I Love Lucy" and "My Three Sons" fame)

About This Film: This is the 27th (second to last) Blondie film.  Contrary to what some critics may say, I feel that the movies got better as time progressed.  This film is evidence of that statement.  Dagwood's contruction firm is reorganizing so he is temporarily out of work.  After losing a fight with a real jerk on the street, Dagwood joins the Army Reserve Core.  If you are even somewhat familiar with the character in the comics or the films you can just imagine the hilarious misadventures that take place.  Needless to say I'm not going to spoil it for you and tell you all that happens.  That's the fun of watching it yourself.  One thing I will tell you is that there is a very funny part of the film where Dagwood is inside of a tank that's out of control.

Meanwhile, a swindler (played by William Frawley) tries to sell the Bumstead house while they are away.  This is Frawley's third and final appearance in the series, and a nice addition as well.  His character of Fred Mertz on the "I Love Lucy" TV show was always great.  It's neat to see this comedy great in other roles.

At this point, the character of "Blondie" is very mellow as compared to the "Blondie" of earlier films.  It's nice to see her actually trying to help her husband instead of being an aggressive, ogre-like figure while still being funny.  The plot of this movie is inviting because it's not just another "Dagwood-gets-fired-and-tries-to-get-his-job-back" routine.  If you listen closely, you'll also hear the name of three of Daisy's five puppies.  This is one of my personal favorites of the Blondie films, although I love all of them dearly.  If you've seen it or plan on seeing it, I hope you like it, too!