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Book Title: So This Is Washington|
Directors: Ray McCarey
Release Date: 1943-08
Runtime: 64 min
Stars: Chester Lauck,Norris Goff,Alan Mowbray
IMDb Rating: 5.7
Full movie description "So This Is Washington":Lum and Abner go to Washington to aid in the war effort by giving the government what they think is a good substitute for rubber--Abner's homemade licorice.
Reviews of the So This Is WashingtonNorris Goff and Chester Lauck were a pair of vaudevillians who when that medium died went into radio were their hillbilly act and characters of Lum and Abner. The two of them came from a small town, Waters, Arkansas and were lifetime friends as well as partners. Like Amos and Andy their voices created all the characters used on the radio show. Starting out locally, they eventually appeared on all of the radio networks from 1932 to 1954. As you can imagine, there appeal was to what we would now call red state America.
They did a lot better than Amos and Andy for posterity's sake. They were from the culture that they spoofed so no offense was taken then or now. Lum and Abner operated the Jot Em Down General Store in Pine Ridge Arkansas and got into many adventures with the various town characters whose voices Goff and Lauck did. They were a pair of gentle rustics who an unseen providential hand got out of trouble every week.
Goff and Lauck did several films with their Lum and Abner characters. In this one, So This Is Washington, they're ready to help in the war effort. Especially after one of FDR's dollar a year men broadcasts from the capital asking the common man to contribute whatever new ideas he can for the war effort.
That man is Alan Mowbray who then is deluged with crackpots of all kinds with cockamamie inventions to help beat the Axis. Abner himself thinks he has something with his homemade licorice which both think could be used as synthetic rubber. They travel to Washington to peddle the idea.
There's no real plot to So This Is Washington. The film is just 64 minutes of cracker barrel philosophy and homespun humor. A lot of the jokes are terribly dated about war time rationing, women taking the place of men in the work force, and the very real need which was solved for synthetic rubber because the Japanese were sitting on most of the world's real supply. That need was solved, but not with homemade licorice.
At one point the two men, take a load off their feet in Jackson Park where they give some Pine Ridge type common sense advice to passing legislators and bureaucrats. In doing so they become minor celebrities. Today's audience wouldn't get the whole gist of the joke if they were not familiar with Bernard Baruch who was an elder statesmen and financier from before World War I who was known for dispensing his wisdom from a Central Park Bench in New York City. A whole lot of the humor in So This Is Washington is similarly dated.
Yet there is a certain sweetness in the sincerity of the gentle homespun humor that is Lum and Abner. Goff and Lauck's hometown of Waters, Arkansas changed its name to Pine Ridge in honor of them. Talk about life imitating art.
Though the film is more historical than hysterical, today's audiences might get a few laughs from it though a history the times nearby might help.
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