© 1940 Columbia Pictures Corporation

Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)

Seventh installment in the Blondie series.

On the 3rd of July, Blondie reads a newspaper warning on 4th of July safety and takes it to heart, forbidding Dagwood and Baby Dumpling to play with firecrackers. The boys try to hide some firecrackers, but that doesn’t last long. Blondie insists that they go visit her aunt Hannah in the country, in order to get away from the dangers of the city, and when the boys try to smuggle some roman candles in their bags, Blondie breaks down and cries, and they finally give up the whole the idea. After some misadventures on the train, with character actor Charles Lane playing the conductor, the family find themselves hitchhiking along a country road. They are picked up by a young couple (Luana Walters and a very young Glenn Ford) on their way to a justice of the peace to get married. The girl’s father is opposed to the marriage, as her fiance failed to find oil on his property. The father is played by character actor Will Wright, who made a long career playing crotchety old men, although amazingly, this is his first screen credit, at the age of 49. Blondie fights to get the couple back together, but it is Baby Dumpling who saves the day at the end.

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