© 1949 Columbia Pictures Corporation

Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)

The titles of some of the later Blondie films seem to have been picked out of a hat, as they seem to have little connection to the plot. The title of the 26th entry in the series may have made audiences think that Blondie was going to win a radio sweepstakes, but the story focuses on her son Alexander, who goes on his first date.  An important client of Dagwood’s company is holding a birthday party for his 14-year-old daughter. The girl doesn’t have many friends, and so Dagwood’s boss arranges for Dagwood’s son to go as her date. After his first shave and putting on a new suit, Alexander goes the the party. The daughter turns out to be a spoiled brat who is furious when Alexander dances with another girl. Predictably, Dagwood gets fired, and the girl, still trying to get back at Alexander, arranges for Dagwood to be giving backbreaking manual labor. Things work out in the finish when the girl tries to mend her ways.

One of the highlights of the movie is the fact that Alexander’s young love interest is played by Ann Carter, a child actress who became a sensation in the early ’40s for her uncanny resemblance to the sexpot actress Veronica Lake. Carter played the daughter of Lake’s character in I Married a Witch, played a younger version of Betty Hutton’s character in Incendiary Blonde, and played one of the war orphans in The Boy With Green Hair. Carter was also great in the Val Lewton-produced Curse of the Cat People. RKO had wanted Lewton to quickly produce a knock-off sequel. Instead, Lewton produced a film centering on a 7-year-old girl who lives in a fantasy world, while her parents try to get to to take a more realistic view of the world. It is an excellent movie that stands well on its own, as it is barely connected to the film that it is nominally a sequel to, and Carter’s performance is remarkable in it. Unfortunately, Blondie Hits the Jackpot was one of her last screen roles, as she contracted polio, which brought and end to her short career.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Random Quote

“A woman should do as she pleases, just like a man. You taught me that.”
-Eva (Jennifer Beals)
from The Bride