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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 »

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair

Writers:

Chester Lauck (story), Norris Goff (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chester Lauck ... Lum Edwards
Norris Goff ... Abner Peabody
Zasu Pitts ... Geraldine (as ZaSu Pitts)
Grady Sutton ... Cedric Wiehunt
Oscar O'Shea ... Squire Skimp
Louise Currie ... Marjorie
Constance Purdy Constance Purdy ... Widder Abernathy
Irving Bacon ... Sheriff / Fire Chief
Earle Hodgins ... Joseph Abernathy
Benny Rubin ... Pitch Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marni Nixon ... Angela Abernathy
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1942 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$675,000
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Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Followed by So This Is Washington (1943) See more »

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Watch this movie for what it is, not what it's not.
21 December 2006 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

This movie was made for a 1942 audience, and it is part of a celebrated radio duo, Lum and Abner, coming to film at their fans' request. The story is simple: Lum wants to impress a lady so he forces Abner to help him look like a hero. The story revolves around that, and with a few side elements: an obnoxious widow who wants to marry Lum and a horse race against a nasty local businessman between a horse for which Abner had traded their general store's delivery vehicle without first consulting Lum. And there is a bit about bad eye glasses worn for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, the movie is sophisticated in that respect, and it is not without its seams, but if you like goofy comedies from this era – and I most certainly do – you should enjoy this film. It is not the best of the Lum and Abner films, I don't think, but it is not markedly inferior. For my wife and I, it was an enjoyable view.


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