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Blondie Meets the Boss(1939)

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teaser Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

For the second of Columbia's 28 movies based on Chic Young's popular comic strip, Blondie, Dagwood's boss, J.C. Dithers (Jonathan Hale) moves into the more prominent role he would maintain for the rest of the series. This time out, Dagwood (Arthur Lake) abruptly quits his job when Mr. Dithers orders him to cancel a long-planned vacation. Blondie (Penny Singleton) tries to get his job back, only to end up in the job instead--and doing it better than he did. Lake uses his talents for physical comedy while playing house husband, sneaking out for a fishing trip and, best of all, stumbling into a jitterbug contest. In addition to his inspired mugging, the sequence also features a guest appearance by big band leader Skinnay Ennis. Also of interest are the two nightclub singers who end up tagging along on Dagwood's fishing trip (which leads to marital problems with Blondie when they're photographed in a compromising pose). Inez Courtney had been a popular musical star on Broadway in early musicals like Spring Is Here and Sunny (both 1930 films). Linda Winters had a small role in the film, and would later become better known for playing Susan Alexander Kane in Citizen Kane (1941) under the name Dorothy Comingore.

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