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Dreaming Out Loud (1940)

PG | | Comedy | 30 September 1940 (USA)
Lum and Abner work at a general store in Arkansas. There they get involved in some misadventures with the locals.


Harold Young


Robert Hardy Andrews (as Robert D. Andrews), Howard J. Green | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Chester Lauck ... Lum Edwards
Norris Goff ... Abner Peabody
Frances Langford ... Alice
Frank Craven ... Dr. Walter Barnes
Bobs Watson ... Jimmy
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)
Phil Harris ... Peter Atkinson
Sheila Sheldon Sheila Sheldon ... Effie Lou Stillman
Troy Brown Jr. Troy Brown Jr. ... Washington


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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

30 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Money Isn't Everything See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (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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the old coots move from radio to the big screen
2 February 2015 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

The sound and picture quality in this one are just TERRIBLE, but I guess we're just lucky to have ANY prints of this still around. Moving from radio to the big movie screen, Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were two old southern codgers, getting through the day with just their senses of humor. In this one, they run a general store, and deal with the goings-on of the local townies. When an emergency comes up, the guys rally the townspeople together to try to solve the problem. It's all a simple plot, but entertaining enough. The sound quality gets a little better about halfway through the film, but not by much. Also, both TCM.com and IMDb list this at 81 minutes, but the DVD version I found (Alpha Video) is only 65 minutes...WHERE did the other 16 minutes go ?? What a rip. Directed by Harold Young. He appears to have started in the biz as an editor on the silents, then started directing in the 1930s and 1940s. Pretty good. Nice family-safe entertainment to kill an hour.

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