Lum And Abner

952. LUM and ABNER (July, 1950-USA) CBS-TV. WITH CHESTER LAUCK, NORRIS GOFF, ANDY DEVINE, ZASU PITTS, OPIE CATES, EDGAR STEHLI. Starting in 1930 as sort of a white man’s “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” “Lum Abner” were on network radio until 1953. The concept was simple: two old fellers running the “Jot ‘Em Down Store” in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. This rare kinescope documents their brief 1949 fling with television. The plot of this episode consists of Abner trying to get out of work to go fishing by pretending to be sick. There’s no internal bridge music, the scenes shift merely by fading to black. If you listen carefully, you can hear the actors moving to their next positions. If the production was primitive, the acting certainly wasn’t. The show features a cast of old pros who knew their stuff (even if Miss Pitts allowed her name to be spelled “Zazu” in the credits). The kinescope is darkish in spots, but this early gem of rural comedy will brighten anyone who remembers the good old days of “Lum ‘n’ Abner.” 29 minutes. Television Comedy