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Blondie on a Budget

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Blondie on a Budget
Directed byFrank R. Strayer
Written byRichard Flournoy
Charles M. Brown
Chic Young
Produced byRobert Sparks
StarringPenny Singleton
Arthur Lake
Rita Hayworth
Danny Mummert
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byGene Havlick
Music byLeigh Harline
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
February 29, 1940
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

Blondie on a Budget is a 1940 American comedy film directed by Frank R. Strayer and starring Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake and Rita Hayworth. It is the fifth entry into the long-running Blondie series of films, which ran between 1938 and 1950.[1]


Penny Singleton and Rita Hayworth in Blondie on a Budget
Penny Singleton and Rita Hayworth in Blondie on a Budget

Blondie Bumstead is having trouble balancing the family budget, particularly as she wants to buy a new fur coat. Her husband Dagwood also needs money for the membership fee of a fishing club he wants to join. Blondie becomes jealous when she finds Dagwood with an overfamiliar old friend, Joan Forrester, and begins to suspect that they are having an affair. After Dagwood wins money in a competition he decides to buy Blondie a fur coat, but uses Joan to try it on for size. Blondie sees them in the shop together and mistakenly thinks he is buying it for Joan. She decides to leave Dagwood for good, only to have a last minute change of heart.

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  1. ^ Young & Young p.201


  • Young, Nancy K. & Young, William H. World War II and the Postwar Years in America: A Historical and Cultural Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2010.

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