As we’ve written about before, Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton were the consummate Dagwood and Blondie in adaptations of Chic Young’s comic strip on radio and in films from the late 1930s through the early 1950s (Singleton left the radio in the mid 40s). “Blue” on the microphone above is a reference to the NBC Blue Network. TV versions followed as well. Here, in honor of the day, is their April Fool’s Day episode.
To learn more about classic comedy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc
To learn about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.