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Two Weeks to Live (February 26, 1943)

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Lum and Abner in Two Weeks to Live
 

Released on February 26, 1943: (running time 1 hour and 14 minutes) Two old Arkansas hillbillies travel to Chicago to claim an inheritance, but become stranded there with no money to get back home.

Produced by Ben Hersch

Directed by Malcolm St. Clair

The Actors: Chester Lauck (Columbus Lum Edwards), Norris Goff (Abner Peabody), 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), Rosemary La Planche (the nurse), Luis Alberni (Van Dyke and Dr. Jekyll), Billy Bletcher (classified ad agency collector), Lane Bradford (loader), Lynton Brent (F.B.I. agent), Jack Carr (airfield attendant), Nora Cecil (Grandma Masters), Danny Duncan (Ulysses, postman), Edward Earle (Doctor J.J. O'Brien), Ben Erway (Mr. Fleming, lawyer), Jim Farley (gossip), Gil Frye (Stark's assistant), Jack Gardner (elevator operator), Charles Gemora (Plato the gorilla), Jerry Hausner (newspaper reporter), Frank Jaquet (Doctor Leach), Si Jenks (railroad station agent at Gold City Junction), Tiny Jones (townswoman), Donald Kerr (Plato's owner), Evalyn Knapp (Miss Morris, Doctor O'Brien's secretary), Hank Mann (building janitor), Charles Middleton (Elmer Kelton), Frank Mills (airplane mechanic), Bert Moorhouse (F.B.I. agent), Roger Neury (hotel waiter), Oscar O'Shea (Squire Skimp), Jack Rice (hotel clerk), Cyril Ring (airplane pilot), Tim Ryan (thrill-a-minute Higgins), John Sheehan (Harp delivery man), Harry Tenbrook (man pushing wheelchair)

 

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Two Old Hillbillies and the Rocket Ship to Mars

Chester Lauck, playing the tall Columbus ‘Lum’ Edwards, was only forty-one years old when this comedy was released, and his partner Norris Goff, playing old codger Abner Peabody, was only thirty-seven years old.

They became good friends at the University of Arkansas, and their love of laughter helped them create the two old, often befuddled but always lovable characters Lum and Abner.

The two comedians hosted comedy radio programs that ran from 1931 until 1950, and between 1940 and 1956 they made seven motion pictures, and this is the third.

Abner learns that he has inherited a railroad line, so he and Lum leave their small Arkansas town for Chicago to run the railroad. Unfortunately, the railroad is in ruins, and our two old men discover that they don’t have enough money left for the trip back to Arkansas.

This leads to that, and after several hilarious attempts to make enough money to go back home, a whacky scientist offers them a pile of money if one of them will get in his homemade rocket ship and be launched to Mars.

Remember, this is 1943, World War Two is raging, and small rocket-bombs are aimed at London, but rocket ships to outer space are not even close to reality. But here we are, with one of our old cranky grandfathers strapped into a rocket ship headed for Mars. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles Trowbridge as banker Justin Stone
Chester Lauck and wife, Norris Goff and wife, two years before this movie was filmed.
Billy Bletcher, Chester Lauck, Norris Goff
Billy Bletcher, Chester Lauck, Norris Goff
Charles Gemora in a gorilla suit
Charles Gemora in a gorilla suit
Charles Middleton
Charles Middleton
Chester Lauck
Chester Lauck
Chester Lauck and Kay Linaker
Chester Lauck and Kay Linaker
Chester Lauck and Norris Goff
Chester Lauck and Norris Goff
Chester Lauck and Norris Goff
Chester Lauck and Norris Goff
Chester Lauck and Tim Ryan
Chester Lauck and Tim Ryan
Chester Lauck
Chester Lauck
Danny Duncan
Danny Duncan
Franklin Pangborn and Chester Lauck
Franklin Pangborn and Chester Lauck
Franklin Pangborn and Evalyn Knapp
Franklin Pangborn and Evalyn Knapp
Franklin Pangborn and Hank Mann
Franklin Pangborn and Hank Mann
Franklin Pangborn and Chester Lauck
Franklin Pangborn and Chester Lauck
Gil Frye and Herbert Rawlinson
Gil Frye and Herbert Rawlinson
Herbert W. Rawlinson
Herbert W. Rawlinson
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Ivan F. Simpson
Ivan F. Simpson
Ivan F. Simpson
Ivan F. Simpson
Jack Gardner
Jack Gardner
Jack Rice
Jack Rice
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker and Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker and Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker, Irving Bacon, Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker, Irving Bacon, Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker, Norris Goff, Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker, Norris Goff, Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker and Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker and Chester Lauck
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker
Luis Alberini
Luis Alberini
Norris Goff
Norris Goff
Norris Goff and Chester Lauck
Norris Goff and Chester Lauck
Norris Goff
Norris Goff
Norris Goff
Norris Goff
Rosemary La Planche
Rosemary La Planche