Retro OTRDiary 32 Lum and Abner – Movie Theater Comparison 1935-43. (retro586)

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The topic of starting a movie theater came up twice in existing recordings of the show. First from May through July of 1935, then 5 years later from September to the end of 1943. In the 1930’s, Chet Lauck and Tuffy Goff wrote all the shows. After their first movie in 1940, and their return to the air waves, they were joined by Roswell B Rogers. Extra characters began showing up, and the writing was a little more sophisticated. Also, after performing for the five years, their voice representation showed some development.

The story is largely the same. Sometimes moving a few jokes earlier or later in the telling. Sometimes dropping older humor for topical humor to fit in with the war years. The later telling of the story has a full week of shows added, presumably due to Tuffy Goff taking some time off. Chet Lauck carries the weight of the show with his characters of Lum, fgrandpap, and Cedric. He’s joined by a couple other character actors, including a final appearance by Lurene Tuttle, as her character of Mary Edwards, recently put under the guardianship of Lum and Abner… and Lizabeth too.

The story came on the heels of different ones, but ones that found Lum leaving town in despair, despondency, and fears from Abner that his friend would, “suicide himself.”

In May of 1935, there had been a chain letter that found Lum and Abner with a lot of hogs on their hands. Squire Skimp took them to sell in Chicago, and the gents dreamed of a monument in their honor. Well, mostly Lum. The small size of the monument is only a minor deterrent. All decked out in borrowed lodge regalia and even a borrowed white horse, a bar b cue is arranged. However, “Things Go Wrong At The Unveiling Ceremony.”

Poor Lum, In 1943, Lum left in despondency after losing face to Caleb Wehundt, and his trade school idea. It didn’t help that his own ward, Mary Edwards took the class of his rival. Mary will only make one more appearance on the show. This can be found in the episode, “Lum Will Teach a Class In Country Storekeeping.”

When Lum leaves in despair, in 1935, it was for one episode, but in 1943, the disappearance went on for most of a week. Winding up in Abner giving away all of Lum’s possessions. Once the widow Jessup, and her scary kids, are scared out of the house, the movie theater topic returns. They discuss the importance of having the right kind of building. Why do they need to have a slanting floor, and high ceiling? In the 1935 episode, “How To Operate A Picture Show,” Abner goes on a rant about shadow puppets, and that he can do it every bit as good as the kids can.

In 1943 Besides the same idea of shadow puppets, the Cotton warehouse is secured with a phone call to Dick Huddleston. With times changed as they were, with more sophisticated writing, and with a war on, jokes also change. Which explains this one about the OPA. An agency that set price limits,, and tried to prevent run away inflation during the war years.
“Discuss Opening A Movie Theater In Pine Ridge.” Both cover Abner wanting to jack up one side of the building for the slanted floor, the need for good seats, and getting grandpap’s player piano. Also a matter of confusion over which side is the front of the house in a theater, and which is the back. An example is found in the 1935 show, “Cotton Warehouse For The Theatre.” The later telling of the story expands into multiple episodes to tell about the jacked up floor , getting the piano, Abner’s confusion and acquiring the projector. Plus Cedric trying to learn how to use it.

Both tellings of the movie theater has grandpap getting the best of Lum in renting his player piano, As found in, “Lum And Abner Hire Grandpap.” But in 1943, a whole week of additions are inserted.
<ul><li>Lum Gives Free Passes To Everyone In Town. (A matter that worries Abner about how they’re going to make money. And some trouble Lum gets into with Henry Lunsford. In 1935, Henry was in town, but Abner was still town constable.)
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More things in running a picture show are addressed in the 1943 shows , such as…
<ul><li>Abner Will Go To Mena
<li>Abner Packs For Trip To Mena
<li>Motion Picture Salesman Arrives
<li>The Vulture’s Revenge
<li>Film Company President Pays A Visit To Lum
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As if to remember they have a child in their guardianship, Lum gets a phone call from school. And in this stand alone episode, Mary makes probably her last appearance to get a talking to from Lum about the cause of her falling grades… boys. “Mary is Having Problems In School” also finds Lum in an awkward situation of having to tell Mary… um, you know… the facts of life… but not exactly.

After a week of training, “Abner Returns From the Lyric Theater In Mena” and he’s all trained to run the movie projector.

The stories match up a little closer again wen they name the theater. Though the name they settle on in 1935’s “Trying To Name The New Theater,” is different from the 1943 episode “Vote On The Name Of The Theater.” Clearly a vote is involved in one, but not in the other.

The stories parallel pretty closely. Squire wants to be a partner, but you know it’s not going to happen. Squire starts a rival theater, and he draws away resources, including employees who leave to work for Squire’s better wages. Legal charges are brought against Squire, and he has to shut down.

But wait, there’s more. The plot thickens.

Squire is injured, and a new legal battle begins. Without giving away any spoilers, or the points in the plot line, things end well, then they don’t, and a disagreement between Lum and Abner leads into the next story. In 1935 it was a silver mine in Arizona, but in 1943, it goes a different direction. In fact, though the courtroom ordeal ends before the end of the year, the fall out that leads into the next story takes place just after the new year.

Bonus Tracks

Besides a show full of clips from Lum and Abner, our usual opening theme is…
<ul><li>The Tune Wranglers – They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree
<li>W. Lee O’Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys – Devilish Mary
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Town Held Hostage Gets a Super Rescue

Revisit the year 1940. A time when heroes were super, and villains were just men, and the only one in spandex was the good guy. Be sure to click the links to either download and listen, or to read my original show summaries. Here’s a n even shorter summary of the summarized story of a mystery of the #panicked town of Direville.

Superman – Wolfe VS Yellow Mask. 400322.

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Sometimes titled, “The Mystery of Dyerville Part 1”

As one mystery is solved, another begins. Still in pursuit of the evasive evil mastermind, the Yellow Mask, Unknown to Clark Kent and Lois Lane, their evil counterparts, and henchman of the Yellow Mask begin their next mission of terror, but not without some distrust in the ranks. .

Racing through the night, a mysterious, disappearing black car is the first encounter that Lois and Clark have to signal more with danger to come.

Personal conflicts between the famous reporters melt away when our heroes have to deal with a police barricade, and a bomb that blows up the bridge out from under their car. This looks like a job for SUPERMAN!

Superman – Superman Saves Jefferson Bridge. 400325.

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Sometimes titled: “The Mystery of Dyerville Part 2”

What? a flying man in a red and blue suit? That’s crazy talk! There is no such man. He doesn’t exist. At least that’s the common logic, not only in the first half of the 20th century, but for the first half of the 21st century. It’s reality.

Local police tell about the town threatened by terrorists, and more threats and strange events emerge that require super intervention.

A ransom demand, and time limit of 36 hours are announced by a #panicked citizen. Is it possible to wipe the entire town of Direville off the face of the map?

Superman – Yellow Mask Will Blow Up Harley Dam. 400327.

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Sometimes titled: “The Mystery of Dyerville Part 3”

The people of Direville are right to be #panicked. If the dam should be blown up, flood waters would cover the town within minutes. It doesn’t take a word from the Yellow Mask to figure it out, and Lois Lane is joined by Clark Kent to go investigate.

The Yellow Mask is a step ahead, and already has a trap for the rival reporters who have thwarted him in the past.

Left alone, in a cabin in the woods, Clark easily escapes his bonds, and as Superman he flies the unconscious Lois Lane to the dam, where city officials soon arrive to investigate the possibility of sabotage.

Superman – Dam Waters Diverted From

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I love this title, but it’s sometimes Also titled: “The Mystery of Dyerville Part 4”

The reality of the Yellow Mask’s threats prove out as Harley Dam is trembling and rumbling. The Dyerville City officials, Lois Lane and Clark Kent get a more urgent demand from their evil nemesis. Will he be crazy enough to blow the dam earlier than he promised?

Direville officials won’t cave in, and evacuation plans are put into affect. Lois helps direct the #panicked people flee, but where is Clark? Superman springs into action, but the dam has been blown early… water is rushing… people are fleeing… Can Superman stop the racing wall of water?

Check out this short, thrilling, serial from the early days of Superman. It only takes about an hour to hear the whole story.

Gene Autry’s #yarn of Hope

Music carries messages both liberating and free;
Wishes as big as the sky, of love, hope and dreams.

Friends enjoy their company, marked with signs from the heavens.
A gentle light, glimmering soft as a glow worm among friends.

A yarn is spun, like a thread of grace;
A robber is caught, with a boyish face.

Unseen potential, like a diamond in coal;
Matters of trust battle uphill as they go.

A moment of weakness, a temptation, a test;
Faith’s bubble is burst, but good wins out at last.

A hidden pearl, hope has been found.
A trail of victory closes this round.

PS: To download the full show for fun with Gene Autry, Pat Butram, and the gang, or read my original show notes, use one of the following links:

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Gene Autry – Mike Carter – First Song – Out on The Texas Plain.

no #blanket for the Student Body

Boldly going to distant planets
Are a group of young Jacks and Janet’s. ,

Life and mission on the remote world where they will serve Means going low impact. They’re only to observe.

Aliens are detected, but seem harmless and small.
Self survival is the main problem. That’s all.

Needing a break, students fall on their backs
I’ts time to picnic, nap, and relax.

Kindred in confusion, but nobody knows
When they awake, What has happened to their clothes?

Evolving, life forms grow in size and in threat.
Just how fast, and big will these critters get?

Threat to survival could affect the universe.
This can’t get better, only get worse.

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The #roots of Mousey #gray

Timid and soft spoken is his usual way,
Until love ignites his inner rage.
The surface calm that Mousey Gray had;
Belies the turmoil that makes him so mad.

One power punch is all he wrote;
To knockout his rivals, and elope.
Now Gussey is his, and shares his name,
but will Mousey continue on to fame?

In Pine Ridge Mousey has begun to prowl;
As the night watchman who likes poetry, and owls.
For him Lum and Abner are like no other.
To him they feel just like a mother.

PS: To listen to the events that introduced Llewelen Snavely Gray to the cast of characters with Lum and Abner in Pine Ridge, have a look at these shows from December 1941.

Poetic Notes: Fibber Needs Glasses.

In the perky little scene on Wistful Vista,
Fibber pulls pranks as people pop in.
It’s obvious that our fabulous Fibber needs an optician,
and the Old Timer and phone operator return pranks upon him.

Going to see Gildersleeves, the great doctor with vision,
Fibber’s favorite tiny tot, Teeny, is a frustration.
The doc does him good, and Fibber departs,
going home he eyes upscale, Abigail Uppington, looking so smart.
His glasses are groovy, but what does Molly think?
The jokes wrap up with a visit from Nick the Greek.

PS: Poetic license has been taken with this fun use of #Alliteration. For a download to enjoy the show, or read my original notes, click the following links.

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Fibber McGee and Molly – Fibber Needs Glasses.

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Red Skelton- #avid Spring Cleaning. 490429

It’s Spring cleaning time for a comic named Red,
Even for Clem and Daisy June as a maid.
While burning letters in the ash can,
Some were sent by an avid fan.
The curiosities just won’t go to bed.

Rod O’Conner and Red go for a ride,
To meet with Fritzie the fan on the side.
They meet Junior the mean little kid,
“If I dooddit I’ll get a whipping,” he said.
ut wil Fritzie get Red in trouble with his bride?

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Countdown 2016 Day4 Top 1-10 Shows

It’s the final day of the countdown. Get ready for the top 10 shows, as voted on by clicks from site visitors.

 

Things heat up, but the top slots win by solid margins. No recounts, or worries about being hacked by Russian influences… er… at least I don’t think so.

 

Check out all the new shows as they get posted on my PODCASTS page.

 

Drum roll please… Here’s the ranking of the top 10 most clicked on shows of 2016.

 

  1. Red Skelton – Christmas Tree Story

Join the other 179 who enjoyed this. Red portrays the story of a Christmas tree through the eyes of his well known character of Junior the mean little kid. Clem Kaddidlehopper, and Deadeye have their own Christmas moments, before Junior brings home the sentimental ending.

 

  1. Lone Ranger – Torrero And Tarantula. 420907.

As seen by 188 others. The murderous gang of knife throwing bandits set up the masked man for murder. He helps a gang member break free of the gang, but the top bad guys get away… for now.

 

  1. Blair of the Mounties – The Disappearance Of Alexander Pressman. 380905.

Enjoyed by 195. Under the guise of a fishing trip, Blair of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police proves an accident is actually murder.

 

  1. Jack Benny – Murder In The Library. 380515.

A favorite of 214 people. Jokes abound on horses, and horse racing as the cast get ready to spoof a murder mystery. Jack and they guys fumble their way along, while Mary keeps the body count rising.

 

  1. Journey Into Space – The Red Planet 4of20. 541027

Enjoy this along with 228 others. Part of a series to track the mundane journey to Mars. Dangers and alarms sound when one of the space ships have a problem, and a missing crew.

 

  1. Gunsmoke – No Indians. 540802

A favorite of at least 250 people. Matt Dillon may have an Indian uprising on his hands. Worried settlers may find there is something fishy going on though.

 

  1. 21st Precinct – The Friend. ep9, 530901.

A top pick of 256 people. The uniformed police of the 21st precinct have their typically mundane battle with crime take a turn for the spectacular. A murder worthy of tabloid attention lands in their laps.

 

  1. Let George Do It – The Father Who Had Nothing To Say. 480913

Seen by 317. A family embarrassment needs George Valentine to clear his name, and reconcile a father and son.

 

  1. Suspense – Death Flies Blind. 430504

A favorite of 520. A Navy officer finds himself at the center of a mystery of murder on an airplane. Where did the crew go? Who is behind the suspense in the air, and what do they want?

 

  1. X Minus One – Zero Hour, Bradbury. ep26, 551123.

See why 873 others liked this one. A radio presentation of a classic moment of science fiction by Ray Bradbury. Invaders from space use kids to pave the way as they play the game with them.

 

Wow. What a year. Science fiction nails the top slot by a huge margin, followed by suspense, and detectives. Comedy is still represented by Jack Benny and Red Skelton. What about Blair of the Mounties? Talk about a sleeper, but a gem of a show in the vane of police, crime, and detective arenas.

 

I noticed some of my personal favorites far from the final race, and others lurking just under the radar. Keep on visiting Retro-otr.com, the main home page of the Retro Radio Podcast. Let’s see where your favorite shows will land next year.

 

Thanks for making this an awesome year. Your votes will go a long way in planning the upcoming year, and give some direction as to what shows and genres to concentrate on presenting.

Countdown 2016 Day 3 11-20 Top Shows

Thanks for returning to day three of the countdown.

 

Thousands of people visit the web site through the year, and the clicks count. Here’s the countdown from 20 to 11 of the most visited pages on the web site.

 

Be sure to visit the Welcome page, or Podcast page. Both are good launching spots to dive into the 8000 or so shows available in all sorts of genre’s.

 

Here’s today’s countdown.

 

  1. Escape – Flood On The Goodwin. ep219, 540724

Seen by 130. During the war, a fishing boat on the English Channel is commandeered by a spy after a tanker is torpedoed. The civilians on board may not live to see another day, unless they can stop the saboteur.

 

  1. Friars Club Roast – Jack Benny. 700121. (retro385).

Over 132 have enjoyed this show. The audio track of a TV special. Complete with my own commentary and bonus track, a panel of Jack Benny’s friends give him a friendly roasting.

 

  1. Escape – Judgement Day At Crippled Deer. 540624

Over 133 sought this one out. Three pioneer men, and a woman are snow bound in the Yukon. They suspect each other of doing in a missing prospector. Vigilante justice kicks in, but patience may be the better way to go.

 

  1. Journey Into Space – The Red Planet 13of20. 541229.

Visited by over 134 fans. A multipart series to chronicle the adventure of traveling to Mars.

Today, the astronauts explore Mars, and a strange city. Potential dangers lurk as they observe the foreign landscape.

 

  1. Escape – An Ordinary Man. 540603

Join the 136 fans to discover this show. A 40 year old,, ordinary man, falls in with an exotic woman, and a band of jewel thieves. The normally unnoticeable man gets the adventure of his life, on his Mediterranean cruise.

 

  1. The Shadow – The Gibbering Thing. 430926

Over 142 people found this story. On a trip to the woods, the Shadow investigates the mysterious gibbering creatures. Are they just monkeys? Whatever happened to aunt Sue is about to happen to Margot Lane, if the Shadow doesn’t move fast.

 

  1. Fibber McGee and Molly – Cleaning Closet . ep350, 430202

Discover what 144 others have. Fibber is famous for his messy closet, and today is the day he cleans it out. Molly does her chores as friends stop by, but where did Fibber put all the stuff from the closet?

 

  1. Let George Do It – T The Impatient RedHead. 480906

Join 153people who liked this one. A two timing, spoiled red head faces a family curse. It’s up to George Valentine to either set things right, or expose secrets.

 

  1. Amos and Andy – Between Life And Death. 440324

At least 157 others visited this page. Guest star is the mild mannered sounding, Victor Moore. Thinking he’s a pushover to be the fall guy in an auto accident claim, Kingfish gets Andy to help him in the insurance case. Their scheme goes too far, and backfires on them.

 

  1. Box 13 – – sealed instructions ep35, 490417

At least 179 enjoyed listening to this one. Sometimes contributors provide a show, and this is one of them. People surely loved it for the audio, since there isn’t more than a sentence in the show notes.

 

Comedy still has a toe hold with the likes of Fibber McGee, and Jack Benny. Surprisingly, Amos and Andy peg a top spot, but suspenseful drama is king for the day with Escape, and the Shadow. Hold on tight, detectives and science fiction genres aren’t out of the picture, and holding some excellent ground, as is the good old Lone Ranger.

 

Who knows where we’ll be for the top 10? Clearly, you will when you stay tuned for tomorrow’s final showing. Enjoy revisiting your familiar favorites, or exploring some of what you may have missed, or forgotten about. Tell a friend, and share the shows with them too.