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Blondie Brings Up Baby(1939)

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The fourth entry in Columbia's 28 films based on the Chic Young comic book has one of the more complicated plots in the series. At the office, Dagwood (Arthur Lake) is fired by a fuming Mr. Dithers (Jonathan Hale) after a crooked customer uses some minor changes to back out of a construction deal. At home, Blondie (Penny Singleton) decides Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms) is a genius and enrolls him in school. This leads to their dogs being picked up by the pound, Simms playing hooky and finding friendship with a rich man's wheelchair bound daughter (Peggy Ann Garner), adding a touch of pathos to the film. Throw in a kidnapping scare and a slapstick fight scene and that's a lot of plot for a 68-minute B movie. The film also has a surprisingly notable supporting cast, headed by future Oscar-winner (for 1945's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) Garner. Olin Howland, later the first victim of The Blob (1958), appears as an encyclopedia salesman. The role of school principal, Miss Ferguson, gave silent star Helen Jerome Eddy on of her last screen credit before she retired to set up a successful career in real estate.

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