Direct from the HAL ROACH Studios, this is an ORIGINAL 8 x 10" Black & White PHOTOGRAPH and the ORIGINAL NEGATIVE!!!!

It is a RARE vintage ORIGINAL SET direct from the Hal Roach Studios, Hollywood California.

This photo and Negative is OVER 60 YEARS OLD!!!

It is a great family portrait photo of the KING FEATURES Comic strip family brought to life with Pamela Britton and Arthur Lake has the head of the household. This photo has slight surface wear. It's a great shot of the family for the 1950's comedy series,


Blondie is the first of two TV series based on the comic strip of the same name. It first aired on January 4, 1957, on NBC. Although Penny Singleton had starred in most of the Blondie movies, producers chose Pamela Britton for the title role, with Arthur Lake playing the role of Dagwood Bumstead as he had in the Blondie movie series.

A pilot episode was filmed in 1954 with Hal Le Roy as Dagwood opposite Britton's Blondie. Arthur Lake had played Dagwood in a long series of "Blondie" movies. This show, retelling stories and situations familiar to readers of the comic strip, lasted one year.

Creator: Chic Young

Stars: Arthur Lake, Pamela Britton, Florenz Ames .


Arthur Lake ... Dagwood Bumstead (26 episodes, 1957)
Pamela Britton ... Blondie Bumstead (26 episodes, 1957)

Florenz Ames ... J.C. Dithers / ... (26 episodes, 1957)

Ann Barnes ... Cookie Bumstead (26 episodes, 1957)
Stuffy Singer ... Alexander Bumstead (26 episodes, 1957)

Harold Peary ... Herb Woodley / ... (26 episodes, 1957)

Hollis Irving ... Mrs. Woodley / ... (12 episodes, 1957)

Elvia Allman ... Cora Dithers / ... (9 episodes, 1957)

It's a nice old television still and negative from this era!

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MORE INFO ON PAMELA BRITTON: Pamela Britton (born Armilda Jane Owen) (March 19, 1923 June 17, 1974) was an American actress best known for appearing as Lorelei Brown in the television series My Favorite Martian (19631966). She also starred in the film noir classic D.O.A. (1950).

Owen was born in Milwaukee. Her mother was Ethel Owen (18931997), a prominent stage, radio, and early television actress. Owen's father, Raymond G. Owen, was a doctor who died when the actress was 20 years old. She had two sisters: Virginia, an actress under contract to RKO Radio Pictures; and Mary, a social worker.

Owen attended State Teacher's Normal School and Holy Angels Academy in her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, taking leads in her school plays. By the age of nine she was doing summer stock, and Hollywood came calling at age ten, though her mother rejected the advances, saying she wanted her to be an actress, not a child star. Owen started making the rounds at 15, using the name 'Gloria Jane Owen," but found that as soon as people knew who her mother was, they expected her to be as accomplished as the respected dramatic actress. She chose a pseudonym to audition under: Pamela (from a British book) and Britton (to emphasize the source).

After a stint touring with bandleader Don McGuire, Britton's big break came when she was cast as both Celeste Holm's understudy and as Gertie in the Broadway production of Oklahoma!. When the show went on tour, she took over Holm's role as "Ado Annie."

Britton's New York agent eventually sent her credentials to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer executive Marvin Schneck. He came to see one of her performances in Chicago, and was disappointed. He returned a second night, however, after additional cajoling from her agent. and he signed Britton immediately.

Britton's first role in a major production was as Frank Sinatra's girlfriend in Anchors Aweigh. Afterward, however, came a forgettable part in A Letter for Evie in 1946. She went on hiatus to play the comic role of "Meg Brockie" in the original 1947 Broadway production of Brigadoon on Broadway.

She returned to the big screen opposite Clark Gable in Key to the City (1950), and then went on to make her most significant film appearance in the classic D.O.A., also in 1950. She made her third film of the year in the Red Skelton-starring Watch the Birdie (1951), but it was 19 years before she again returned to the big screen. During that period, she portrayed the title role of the TV version of the Chic Young newspaper comic strip Blondie for the one season it ran, opposite Arthur Lake as her husband, "Dagwood Bumstead." (Lake had played the role earlier in numerous movie comedies opposite Penny Singleton as Blondie.)

Britton was married on April 8, 1943, in Texas, to Captain Arthur Steel after they met on a blind date arranged by Pamela's sister. After the wedding, he was posted to Italy on active service and Britton continued working. They had a daughter, Katherine Lee, born on September 8, 1946. After the war, Steel worked as an advertising executive and went on to manage the Gene Autry hotels (Steel and Autry were first cousins). While their daughter grew up, Britton worked mainly in West Coast theater. She reprised her role in Brigadoon in 1954; appeared in Annie Get Your Gun at the Santa Barbara Bowl; and then returned to Broadway to replace an ailing Janis Paige in Guys and Dolls.

What is perhaps her signature role began in 1963 and lasted until 1966 when she appeared as the nosy and ditzy landlady Mrs. Lorelei Brown in My Favorite Martian. After the series ended, Britton appeared in If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium and Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came.

In May 1974, while performing on tour with Don Knotts in The Mind with the Dirty Man, Britton began to have headaches. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and succumbed within two weeks. She was only 51. She was survived by her husband, daughter, mother, and sister. Britton is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).

MORE INFO ON ARTHUR LAKE: Arthur Lake (April 17, 1905 January 9, 1987) was an American actor known best for bringing Dagwood Bumstead, the bumbling husband of Blondie, to life in film, radio and television.

At the time of his birth in 1905, Arthur Silverlake, Jr.'s father and uncle were touring with a circus in an aerial act known as "The Flying Silverlakes". His mother, Edith Goodwin, was an actress. His parents later appeared in vaudeville in a skit "Family Affair", traveling throughout the South and Southwest United States. Arthur first appeared on stage as a baby in Uncle Tom's Cabin and he and his sister, Florence, became part of the act in 1910. Their mother brought the children to Hollywood to get into films, and Arthur made his screen debut in the silent Jack and the Beanstalk (1917). Florence became a successful actress, achieving a degree of fame as one of the screen wives of comedian Edgar Kennedy.

Universal Pictures signed him to a contract, where he acted in westerns as an adolescent character actor. Shortly after the formation of RKO Pictures in 1928, he signed with that studio, where he made Dance Hall (1929) and Cheer Up and Smile (1930). During this early sound film era, he typically played light romantic roles, usually with a comic "Mama's Boy" tone to them, in films such as Indiscreet (1931), which starred Gloria Swanson. He also had a substantial part as the bellhop in the 1937 film, Topper.

Arthur Lake is best known for portraying the Blondie comic strip character of Dagwood Bumstead in twenty-eight Blondie films produced by Columbia Pictures from 1938-50. He was also the voice of Dagwood on the radio series, which ran from 193850, earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6646 Hollywood Blvd. Many of the actors on the radio show have noted of Lake's commitment to the program, stating that on the day of the broadcast, Lake was Dagwood Bumstead.

Far from being upset about being typecast, Lake continued to embrace the role of Dagwood in a short-lived 1957 Blondie TV series, then even into the 1960s and beyond; he would often give speeches to Rotary clubs and other civic organizations, eagerly posing for pictures with a Dagwood sandwich.

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BLONDIE Hal Roach PHOTO & NEGATIVE Pamela Britton ARTHUR LAKE King Features 1957
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