Filling in a gap where the half hour shows go missing, I look back at the story arc as it was around this time of the year in March 1939. There’s not enough time to present all the highlights, but here’s a run down of what was happening in Pine Ridge. The movie theme isn’t a new one, but at this point in the existing shows, it’s a new slant on it. Producing movies, and not simply running a movie house. It wouldn’t be the last time Lum flexed his creative muscles in oilm making, or playwriting. Not to mention their real life dive into making movies in just another year from here.
Oil wells are also nothing new to Lum and Abner, but I think this may be the last time it was specifically done. Other later stories would feature a buried treasure of some sort, never turning out to be of any real substance, but sometimes taking the story into new, and crazy directions. We see a little of that as this oil well story develops.
- Lum Writes A Script. http://retro-otr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/523ROTRD21LA_MoviesToOilWells.mp3
- Squire is Everyones Agent Getting back at Squire.
- Oil contract and Abner’s confusion, Falling for Squires scheme.
- Cedric Makes faces in the movie, Discussing oil well, volcanoes, and earth science
Hope that wasn’t too long, but gave an overlook of the happenings in Pine Ridge at the time. There’s some gags that will become ongoing staples of Lum and Abner, some that had already been long stand, and the presentation of the characters has, and will continue to slowly evolve. Just check out the subtle differences between how Lum, Abner, and grandpap sound even since my previous OTRDiary, from the earliest episodes of 1935 to this installment. Compare that to how they would sound in the mid 1940’s, to how they sound in the half hour shows. Voices change, but also the personalities shift as well. More on that at a later time. Stand by as I gear up to take up some slack in the missing shows, get ready for the Summer months, and fill in those months with things that I had dropped from my Lum and Abner features a few years ago.