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Blondieis a comic strip created by Chic Young.
Beginning on September 8, 1930, it originally focused on young, blonde,
carefree flapper Blondie Boopadoop who spent her days in the dance halls with
her boyfriend, Dagwood Bumstead; a bit of a bumbling playboy and heir to a
fortune. When the Great
Depression hit, the strip’s relevancy began to wane and was steadily dropped
by various newspapers. Young decided to change things up in 1933 by having
Blondie and Dagwood become married, resulting in his being disinherited by his
father and forcing them to live like an average couple. Dagwood, who was
originally the straight man, became the primary comedic source as Blondie
assumed the sensible role as head of the family. Because of the strip’s
popularity, the marriage was a largely publicized event. Eventually, they
gained children, Alexander and Cookie, and a dog, Daisy. The strip features a
variety of running gags, including Dagwood colliding with the mailman as he
rushes out of the house, being always late for his ride to work, his impossibly
tall sandwiches and midnight snacks, his interrupted naps on the couch, and
more. While very little has changed about the strip as it continued under the
stewardship of Young’s son, Dean, newer
elements were gradually integrated in the form of current technologies and
The characters of the Blondie comic strip.
In 1938, Blondie was adapted into a long-running series of low-budget films
by Columbia Pictures.
Starring Penny Singleton and
Arthur Lake as the lead
characters, Columbia took great care in incorporating as many elements as
possible from the strip into the films, including the running gags, and to ensure
they followed a continuity with each other. When the series began to slip in
profits in 1943, Columbia released what was to be the last Blondie film as Footlight Glamour(removing
the Blondie name from the title to
try and lure in curious patrons) and Singleton and Lake moved on to other
projects. However, fan demand brought the series back until it was finally
ended with the 28th film, 1950’s Beware of Blondie. Singleton
and Lake also starred in a radio adaptation
that began in 1939 and was heard across all three major networks. It ran
concurrently with the films and ended in 1950 with them.
The cast of the television show.
In 1954, NBC commissioned a pilot episode for a proposed Blondie sitcom from Hal Roach Studios. Pamela Britton and Hal Le Roy assumed
the lead roles, however the series wasn’t picked up until 3 years later. For
the actual show, Le Roy was replaced by Lake. The Blondie television series was essentially a half-hour version of
the films, attempting to maintain the same faithfulness to the source material.
The series ran for a single season of 26 episodes, running from January 1957
until it was cancelled that July due to poor ratings.