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Blondie Film Series:
Mary, the Switchboard Operator
A history of Dagwood's secretary friend from the Blondie films!

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    Out of the 28 Blondie films made, the character of Mary Reynolds, the Switchboard Operator appeared in 20 of them.  For the most part, Mary did not have a big part in the Blondie films.  She simply observed Dagwood's misadventures at the Dithers Construction firm.  What made her interesting, though, was that she was the "straight man" between the craziness of Dagwood Bumstead and his cranky boss J. C. Dithers.  There were three actresses who played Mary throughout the series.  Mary Jane Carey was the first "Mary", playing her a total of 7 times.  Ann Loos became the next "Mary", but only in one film.  The "Mary" we usually see was played by Alyn Lockwood for a total of 12 times.  Here is a breakdown of the Mary Reynolds character taken in order of film appearance.

Mary Jane Carey as "Mary Reynolds"

1. Blondie (1938)
2. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
4. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)
6. Blondie has Servant Trouble (1940)
7. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
9. Blondie in Society (1941)
13. It's a Great Life (1943)


Ann Loos as "Mary Reynolds"
15. Leave it to Blondie (1945)

Alyn Lockwood as "Mary Reynolds"
16. Life with Blondie (1946)
18. Blondie Knows Best (1946)
19. Blondie's Big Moment (1947)
20. Blondie's Holiday (1947)
21. Blondie in the Dough (1947)
22. Blondie's Anniversary (1947)
23. Blondie's Reward (1948)
24. Blondie's Secret (1948)
25. Blondie's Big Deal (1949)
26. Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)
27. Blondie's Hero (1950)
28. Beware of Blondie (1950)