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The Bashful Bachelor (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 19 March 1942 (USA)
Lum Edwards is annoyed with his partner in Pine Ridge's Jot-'em-Down general store, Abner Peabody, because Abner has swapped their delivery car for a racehorse. Lum is also too timid to ... See full summary »

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Lum Edwards is annoyed with his partner in Pine Ridge's Jot-'em-Down general store, Abner Peabody, because Abner has swapped their delivery car for a racehorse. Lum is also too timid to propose to Geraldine, so he involves Abner in a "rescue" effort which nearly gets both of them killed. They try again, and this time Geraldine is impressed. Lum writes a proposal note, but Abner, by mistake, delivers it to the Widder Abernathy, who has been ready to remarry for years. This puts Lum in a peck of trouble until the sheriff appears with the Widder's long-gone and hiding husband. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Pine Ridge's beloved storekeepers
27 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although to our sophisticated coastal ears Lum And Abner seem woefully out of date, back in the day they were quite the radio hit with a group of devoted listeners in the red states. A whole lot of people knew and loved the residents of Pine Ridge, Arkansas like they were their own neighbors.

Radio stars Norris Goff and Chester Lauck brought Lum And Abner to the big screen and both certainly were able to sell their rustic personas to the movie-going public, they really looked the parts they voiced on radio.

In this story Lum is having woman troubles and is looking to propose to the girl of his dreams Zasu Pitts. But he feels he's not led a heroic enough life for her to consider him. Remember this is Zasu Pitts we're talking about.

In any event after trying to make himself a hero with partner Abner and nearly getting him killed, Abner screws things up by delivering the proposal to Constance Purdy, a widow with a few extra mouths to feed. When Purdy threatens Lum with a breach of promise suit, he might be forced to marry her.

I'm not going to go into the rest. Lum And Abner I've described before as gentle rustics that the red state took to their hearts. They were the forerunners of such television shows that Paul Henning later did like Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres.

If you were a fan of those shows, you'll love Lum And Abner.


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