Lum tries on an old tux, and wants Abner’s fashion advice on it. The gents discuss the falling attendance at school. Are all the modern distractions to blame? Radio, comic books, and TV? Getting back to Lum’s idea, and the tux, his plan is to dramatize the learning with a play.
What kind of production does Lum plan? Abner gets himself confused over who… or what a Cecil B Demille is. Someone is needed to play the part of a cave man. As if on cue, Opie Cates enters to tell about his girl friend woes. New problems arise when costumes are needed.
Waiting for Opie to return with wardrobe from the carnival, Zazu Pitts is eager to be included in the play. Will Lum agree to play one of the great romances of history with her?
Still waiting on Opie, and the costumes, Lum worries as Andy Divine visits. He’s willing to help out, but doesn’t think the fancy frills are necessary. Opie returns with more than carnival costumes, he has an elephant, lion, and more.
Opie and his orchestra play, Jazzy Blues.
Places everyone, the play must go on… even without costumes. The pageant of living history marches on. From cavemen, to the Egyptians, where Cleopatra Pitts awaits for Mark Anothony Andy. Fast forward past Nero, to the discovery of America. Columbus Abner is somewhere in the Atlantic. But when he lands, he has an unexpected problem. Advancing to the 19th century and the industrial revolution, inventions run rampant. The 20th century brings more, including the atomic bomb.
Rude Retrobots help Keith greet Uncle Donnie Pitchford. He shares an article titled: Fine. The Many Careers of Clarence Hartzel. From the Jot Em Down Journal of April 1988.