Lum and Abner Abroad (1956)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After successfully starring in several mid-1940s films, radio favorites Lum and Abner -- aka Chester Lauck and Norris Goff--thought they'd give television a try. In 1955, the popular team filmed three half-hour pilot episodes for a proposed "Lum and Abner" TV series; unfortunately, the networks weren't interested. Undaunted, Lauck and Goff bundled the three 30-minute programs together into an ersatz theatrical feature, and the result was Lum & Abner Abroad. This time around, our heroes, the proprietors of the Jot 'Em Down Store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, try to help a Hungarian ballerina (Jill Alis) locate her sweetheart. To this end, they travel to Belgrade, Paris and Monte Carlo (all recreated on the Hal Roach backlot). Somehow or other, Lum and Abner become international heroes, simply by not being typical Americans!

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ballet-dance, fortune [wealth], journalism, love, smuggling