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Newly transferred from original 35mm elements, and virtually unseen for over 60 years, Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series makes its home video debut with all 26 sparklingly sharp episodes in this 4-disc DVD set.
Still read today in over 2,000 newspapers across 55 countries, cartoonist Chic Young brought carefree flapper Blondie Boopadoop and her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead to "the funny papers" in 1930. But it wasn't until the two of them tied the knot three years later that Blondie became one of the most popular comics in the history of the medium.
The success of the strip spawned one of the longest-running franchises in the Golden Age of Cinema with 28 features produced by Columbia between 1938 and 1950 -- all starring Penny Singleton as Blondie and Arthur Lake as Dagwood. In 1957, legendary Hal Roach Studios brought the comic strip couple to the small screen with Pamela Britton as Blondie and Lake reprising his role as Dagwood… a role he seemed born to play.
A delightful 1950s sitcom that perfectly captures the jovial domestic spirit of the strip, Blondie also stars Stuffy Singer and Ann Barnes as the Bumstead children (Alexander, formerly Baby Dumpling, and Cookie). It also features Florenz Ames as J.C. Dithers, Dagwood's autocratic boss and Harold "The Great Gildersleeve" Peary as Dagwood's friendly nemesis Herb Woodley.
Character great Elvia Allman is also part of the fun, with guest appearances by Alan Mowbray, Frank Nelson, Barbara Nichols, June Vincent, Judi Meredith, Gregg Palmer, Alan Reed, William Schallert, Pamela Duncan, Fritz Feld and many more!
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THIS SERIES WAS MADE IN 1957 AND WAS STANDARD FAIR FOR THE TIMES. THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE ON THIS SERIES IS THAT AWFUL 'CANNED LAUGHTER, BUT I GUESS THEY CAN'T REMOVE IT FROM THE SOUNDTRACK. THE PICTURE QUALITY IS PERFECT, SO THEY MUST HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK ON THAT.
I AM GOING TO GET A COUPLE OF MORE COPIES AND GIVE THEM OUT AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS WHO I KNOW LOVED CHICK YOUNG'S BLONDIE. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS SERIES HOLDS UP MUSH BETTER THAN MOST OF THE TV SERIES THAT CAME OUT IN THE 50'S.
Arthur Lake is just as good as Dagwood here as he was in all the movies. He may have been in his fifties at this point but he still looked like he was in his thirties.
Harold Peary excels as Herb Woodley and Florenz Ames is a better Mr. Dithers than Jonathan Hale.
Cannot say that I noticed in the many movies, but in the clarity of these TV episodes... and the fact that "Dagwood Bumstead" is photographed, mostly, from his right-side is a hint. It appears that his eyes don't match, and much like the male lead's eyes in a favorite show of mine [THE GOOD WITCH] are, often, askew. In my younger days this was termed "cross-eyed". I suppose MY eyes are my BEST feature.... in my MASK.