© 1945 Columbia Pictures Corporation

Leave It to Blondie (1945)

After a rapid production schedule which brought out 14 Blondie films between 1938 and 1943, the series stopped for two years before resuming in 1945. I am not really sure why the series stopped or why it started again. This film was released in February of 1945, and I suspect that as the War dragged on, the film-going public was eager to return the image of idealized American life presented in the early Blondie films, and so Columbia brought the series back. As two years had passed since the previous film, child actors Larry Simms and Danny Mumbert, who played the Bumstead’s son and the know-it-all neighbor boy Alvin Fuddle, had grown considerably, and were somewhat, well, less cute, and the producers evidently tried to make up for this by giving them more cute things to do, a plan that kind of backfires.

The plot in this one is noticeably weaker than some of the pre-war Blondie films, and involves both Dagwood and Blondie unknowingly writing large checks to a charity. When they realize that they do not have enough in the bank to cover both of the checks, Dagwood pins his hopes on winning a song contest. Dagwood is unable to write his own song, but his son finds a song that his great uncle wrote and submits it with Dagwood’s name on it. Dagwood gets into the contest, but not before catching a cold that makes him lose his voice. One of the other contestants is an old spinster who surprises the crowd by breaking into a jumping swing number, one of the few funny moments in the film.

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