Regarding the originator of the comic strip Blondie, Wikipedia says:
“Young created Blondie in 1930, which almost immediately became the most popular comic strip in America. Called by former King Features Syndicate president Joseph Connelly as “the greatest story teller of his kind since the immortal Charles Dickens,” at his peak popularity, Young received more fan mail than any other cartoonist.”
In fact, the strip continues even in 2008, though, of course, the writing is in other hands. The strip’s popularity led, in 1938, to Columbia Film’s production of Blondie. There would be a total of 28 such films, finishing in 1950.
Contrary to what would be supposed, Blondie was really the second character in importance. Dagwood was a wonderfully gentle but blundering man who had to contend with a boss who was stingy, demanding, yet at times an understanding fellow. Dagwood would always be late leaving for work, and as soon as he saw the time was getting away from him, out he would run, and he would unfailingly bump into the postman, who would be knocked down, but the postman’s letters would fly up into the air and rain back all around him.
Blondie dearly loved Dagwood, but was jealous of any involvement Dagwood would have with other women, and would never want to hear her husband’s side of the story, if she took issue with his activities. Alexander, their son, was very philosophical about what happened in the family, and his friend Alvin was always putting Dagwood down. Predicting doom and gloom for any enterprise in which Alexander’s father would become involved.
Somehow, despite crazy occurrences, and situations in which it looked as if there was no way out for the Bumsteads, everything worked out in the end, and Dagwood would get a raise, or some other event of a positive nature would close the movie out.
This entertainment was fun for kids and adults alike, without resorting to foul language, sexual scenarios, and so forth. It clearly demonstrates that adding such items is not required to make a movie a good one.
Penny Singleton has been quoted as saying, “I’m proud and grateful I was Blondie. She was dumb and shrewish sometimes. But she was real and sympathetic and warm, a real woman, a human being. And that’s how I tried to play her.”
The series is of a very good quality, and has been rendered in DVD format.
The questions arise, What ever became of Arthur Lake (Arthur Silverlake born Corbin, Kentucky April 17, 1905) and Penny Singleton (Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 15, 1908) after the end of the series?
Penny Singleton appeared in one movie, but the scenes in which she appeared were deleted. Later, her voice was used for cartoon characters. For instance, she voiced Jane Jetson in the 1990 movie, The Jetsons. She died November 12, 2003 in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of weeks after having suffered a stroke. She was 95.
Arthur Lake, sadly, because of being so thoroughly typecast, didn’t have many further opportunities. He died at aged 81 of a heart attack in January 9, 1987 in Indian Wells, California. He is buried at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery.