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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
Robert Wilcox ...
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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THE FAMOUS RADIO STARS... Answering the demand of 20,000,000 fans!







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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Followed by The Bashful Bachelor (1942) See more »


Dreaming out Loud
by Sam Coslow
Sung by Frances Langford
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Let's see what they're up to in Pine Ridge
3 January 2009 | by (Bigtown, Montana USA) – See all my reviews

A mandatory delight for all fans of Old Time Radio for a variety of reasons. First off, for its eponymous stars, but along with them, several bonuses. First, there's Jack Benny's bandleader Phil Harris playing–slightly against character–a slick-talking "big city" salesman in a role that's brief enough to be considered a cameo. The beautiful 27-year-old Frances Langford serves as the story's love interest and croons the only tune, the movie's title. Hard to believe she was only six years away from playing the harridan Blanche opposite Don Ameche in the hilarious The Bickersons series. And finally, outside the OTR world, we have Dorothy Gale's immortal Auntie Em, Clara Blandick. The movie itself is a sterling testimony, as both an homage and an obeisance, by Hollywood to rural America in the 1940s. Lum and Abner stand as legitimate grandpappies to Andy Griffith, in its both Sheriff Andy Taylor moral rectitude and Deputy Barney Fife's whiny braggadocio. Our heroes, Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, portrayed by real-life creators Chester Lauck and Norris Goff, are aged to Gandalfian proportions, though they were all of 38 and 34, respectively, and protested occasionally in the radio program that they "weren't all that old." A few L&A names familiar to OTR fans are spoken here, but the characters presented are an acceptable alternative vision of the long-running radio series. Like the title implies, this Pine Ridge is a dreamland where kindness defeats badness effortlessly, death is never in vain, and 'progress' equals salvation. Stylistically, the movie creaks a bit. The opening titles are clumsy and antiquated. Brief establishing shots present Pine Ridge, Arkansas as a suspiciously lumpy venue, less like eastern U.S. flatlands than a California studio back lot. The film is occasionally blurry and the soundtrack muffled–it could benefit with a good restoration. Still, any true OTR fan will be 'inneresed,' if not delighted, in seeing what the old boys are up to.

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