26 June 2017 | MartinHafer
Not exactly patriotic!
The quality of "Blondie for Victory" is a notch or two lower than the previous installments of the Blondie and Dagwood series. The writing, this time, disappoints and the film makes a very strange message about WWII and the homefront.
When the story begins, Blondie has organized the housewives in town into a paramilitary sort of group...and the husbands are mad because the wives aren't there to feed them and keep house. When the other fellows learn that Blondie is behind all this, they threaten Dagwood...telling him to stop her...or else. Dagwood comes up with a really stupid plan where he pretends to enlist so that Blondie will come home and give up this organization. The plan not only makes no sense but could get Dagwood in a lot of trouble for impersonating a soldier. Yet, inexplicably, the whole thing ends well...and no one punched in Dagwood's face.
While most wartime Hollywood films are very patriotic, this one is different and seems to tell housewives NOT to do their part and men to do anything (short of joining up) to stop them. Despite this goody message, a sickeningly sweet three cheers for America and the war effort ending is tacked on to the film...leaving me very confused and wondering what happened to the writing with this one!
By the way, after Dagwood wrecks Mr. Dither's car, Dithers asks "Are my tires okay?!"...this is because there was a severe tire shortage during WWII as most all of the rubber went to the war effort.