Lum and Abner work at a general store in Arkansas. There they get involved in some misadventures with the locals.



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Complete credited cast:
Chester Lauck ...
Norris Goff ...
Frank Craven ...
Dr. Walter Barnes
Bobs Watson ...
Irving Bacon ...
Wes Stillman
Clara Blandick ...
Jessica Spencer
Dr. Kenneth Barnes
Donald Briggs ...
Will Danielson
Robert McKenzie ...
Constable Caleb Weeunt (as Bob McKenzie)
Peter Atkinson
Sheila Sheldon ...
Effie Lou Stillman
Troy Brown Jr. ...


Lum and Abner's General Store in Pineridge, Arkansas is the center of the town, where everybody hangs around. Also in the store is the town's post office, where Alice, the niece of the wealthiest person around, is working as post-mistress. She is in love with the local doctor's son Kenneth, whom she would like to marry, but her aunt, who has a feud with his father does everything to prevent this. Kenneth is working as a doctor in the next town, but does not make enough money to support a wife and their younger brother, so both have to wait. When the town's drunkard's daughter is killed by a hit and run driver, they convince the sheriff to make the father a deputy, to give him self assurance... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

30 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Money Isn't Everything  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dreaming out Loud
by Sam Coslow
Sung by Frances Langford
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Lum and Abner amid a group of fine character actors.
31 October 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

For over one quarter of a century, Lum and Abner gave their radio listening public a finely layered and detailed view of small-town life, as represented within the Ozark community of Pine Ridge, Arkansas. During that period, Chester Lauck, who portrayed Lum Edwards, and Norris Goff, as Abner Peabody, completed seven films as the rustic duo, with DREAMING OUT LOUD perhaps the best, as it presented them as able to conduct themselves as their fans desired them to be, whimsical and helpful to those in need, but additionally engaged with an incident-packed scenario. Lum and Abner always demonstrated respect for life and children and people of all ages, and in this work, well directed by Harold Young, they are faced with tragedies and crises aplenty, but somehow manage to develop a solutional formula for each. Veteran performer Frank Craven gives a refreshing performance as Doctor Walter Barnes, resident physician of Pine Ridge, and nifty turns are displayed by Phil Harris as a travelling salesman and Irving Bacon as a town constable. The title melody is sung by petite and nubile Frances Langford, whose role is as Alice, postmistress ensconced in Lum and Abner's Jot 'Em Down Store, and whose romance with the son of Doctor Barnes is interwoven with most of the film's subplots.

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