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Two Weeks to Live (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 February 1943 (USA)
When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, his partner gets the idea that they can make a ton of money by having Abner perform all kinds of dangerous stunts.

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair

Writers:

Michael L. Simmons (original screen play by), Roswell Rogers (original screen play by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Lauck ... Lum Edwards (as Lum)
Norris Goff ... Abner Peabody (as Abner)
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Pinkney
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Madge Carmen
Irving Bacon ... Omar Tennyson Gimpel
Herbert Rawlinson ... J.J. Stark Sr.
Ivan F. Simpson ... Professor Albert Frisby (as Ivan Simpson)
Rosemary La Planche ... Miss LaPlanche, Dr. O'Brien's Nurse
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When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, his partner gets the idea that they can make a ton of money by having Abner perform all kinds of dangerous stunts.

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The "Back-Home" Boys Turn Big-City Jinx-Busters!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1943 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Lum & Abner arrive at Gold City to check out their railroad, there's a shot of a dilapidated shack with a dangling sign. This shot is flipped; the letters are backwards. A minute later, they actually walk in front of the shack; now the sign leans in the opposite direction and the letters are in the right order. See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Pine Ridge Values
29 January 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Chester Lauck and Norris Goff made the characters of Lum&Abner household names, in their time they were as famous on radio as Amos&Andy. Both men were fortunate in that they looked like the characters they played on radio so making films was a smooth transition for them. During the height of their popularity in the Forties before television they made a few films and Two Weeks To Live is one of them.

These two gentle rustics, proprietors of the local grocery store in Pine Ridge Arkansas find out that Abner has inherited a railroad and they start dreaming big. Turns out it's just a Hooterville Cannonball type line that carried ore from a gold mine that Abner's uncle owned back in the day that's long played out. In fact when probate and taxes are done they owe money. And they've sold right of ways to the various farmers back in Pine Ridge and they're in some deep debt now.

To pay it off they engage in various schemes as the plot moves from one crazy situation to another. Abner even gets a diagnosis mixed up with a man with Two Weeks To Live hence the title. Lum starts using Abner the way Crosby used Hope in those various Road pictures. They also get involved with saboteurs, a crazy mad scientist who wants to send one of the boys to Mars in a rocket, and a window washer with an invisible dog.

The production values aren't much, the film looks like it was shot with a brownie camera, still it's quite amusing. Lum&Abner were the predecessor for the Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith and all sorts of television with a rural red state setting. Their naive and gentle humor is still amusing.


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