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Blondie Film Series:
The Blondie Could've Been
Learn more about
the direction the Blondie films COULD have taken!
"Blondie Film Series"
Can you imagine a "Blondie"
Penny Singleton as Blondie or Arthur Lake as Dagwood? Believe it
or not, neither actor was one of the original choices originally slated
for these roles in "Blondie" (1938).
Columbia Pictures assigned Aurania Rouverol (of the "Andy Hardy"
series) to adapt the comic strip, with Gloria Blondell to star as
Blondie and Sam Marx to produce.
This photo still comes from The Life of
Riley television series
episode "Riley's Operation". In this episode, Blondell played a
nurse. She would later become a cast regular as a different
character, the wife of Jim Gillis, Olive "Honeybee" Gillis. She's
a bit older in this picture than she would've been had she played
Blondie. She is also the sister of Joan Blondell, whose name is
probably more familiar to classic movie fans. I'm a huge fan of
Joan, but I must confess I do not know much about Gloria's work.
Then Stuart Erwin and Una Merkel were to star in the film as Dagwood
Stuart Erwin & Una Merkel
Here's another Una Merkel photo to
gaze at! What a beauty!
Finally, Shirley Deane was cast as Blondie. Unfortunately for
her, she fell ill and was replaced by Penny Singleton. If you
didn't already know, Penny had to bleach her hair blonde for the role.
Would've made a wonderful Blondie and
looks a lot like Penny Singleton!
Stay tuned! More pictures and details of the "Blondie" movie
series in its infancy WILL be posted as they develop!