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A pleasant Sunday visit to the Bumsteads' new neighbor goes wrong when Dagwood (Arthur Lake) accidentally wrecks Mr. Conroy's car and garage. Conroy wastes no time filing a lawsuit against Dagwood, and hiring a near-sighted process server (Shemp Howard) to serve a subpoena.

Mr. Dithers (Jonathan Hale) learns that the man he just had an argument with is actually Charles Peabody (Jerome Cowan), a prospective client whose construction contract will save Dithers' failing company. So Mr. Dithers and Dagwood change places, with Dagwood aka "J. C. Dithers" entertaining Peabody at a local nightclub, to Blondie's (Penny Singleton) displeasure. Meanwhile, the process server continues to close in on Dagwood, which threatens to expose the identity switch.

Based on the comic strip characters created by Chic Young. The "Blondie" movie series was very popular and a financial success for Columbia, 28 films from 1938 - 1950. This was Ed Bernds' first "Blondie" credit, and he went on to both write and direct several more series installments over the following 4 years.

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
October 17, 1946
Production Type
Feature Film
69 min.
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Shooting Days:   20 days   From: 1946-03-25   To: 1946-04-16

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Posted 2003-06-20 09:06:00 by Dunrobin
I've always enjoyed the [i]Blondie[/i] series, as even the "worst" ones can be entertaining. I've always thought of them as good for weekend morning viewing.

[i]Blondie Knows Best[/i] is definitely about the best of the series, and Shemp's role goes a long way towards making it so. He's hilarious in the role of the near-sighted subpeona server, and he keeps popping up throughout the movie. He's a riot.

If you haven't seen, definitely keep an eye out for it, or rent it. In fact, I haven't seen this one in a while myself - I need to dig it out and watch it again!

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Posted 2002-05-14 07:59:00 by [Deleted Member]
Hmm. I didn't know Bernds wrote the script. No wonder it's so good!I've always loved the Blondie movies. The very lovely Penny Singleton and the very talented Arthur Lake made a very good Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead. I wish they would've teamed up with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride for a "Bumsteads meat Ma and Pa Kettle" movie!Shemp has a very good-sized role as a nearsighted man with glasses, who's continually trying to give Dagwood a subpeona. Shemp does lots of the same mannerisms he did in his Columbia Stooges shorts. At the very end, when he's chased by the scientists, he even yells his famous "Woah! "Woah!" that he yells in Stooges shorts when he's being chased. His role was a hilarious one from beginning to end."What a hideous, monstrous face! Oh!"
Posted 2001-05-08 15:04:00 by BeAStooge
Shemp Howard, Arthur Lake and a script by Ed Bernds = one of the best in the Blondie series

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