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Two Weeks to Live (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 February 1943 (USA)
When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, his partner gets the idea that they can make a ton of money by having Abner perform all kinds of dangerous stunts.


Malcolm St. Clair


Michael L. Simmons (original screen play by), Roswell Rogers (original screen play by)


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Cast overview:
Chester Lauck ... Lum Edwards (as Lum)
Norris Goff ... Abner Peabody (as Abner)
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Pinkney
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Madge Carmen
Irving Bacon ... Omar Tennyson Gimpel
Herbert Rawlinson ... J.J. Stark Sr.
Ivan F. Simpson ... Professor Albert Frisby (as Ivan Simpson)
Rosemary La Planche ... Miss LaPlanche, Dr. O'Brien's Nurse


When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, his partner gets the idea that they can make a ton of money by having Abner perform all kinds of dangerous stunts.

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The "Back-Home" Boys Turn Big-City Jinx-Busters!




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Release Date:

26 February 1943 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Lum & Abner arrive at Gold City to check out their railroad, there's a shot of a dilapidated shack with a dangling sign. This shot is flipped; the letters are backwards. A minute later, they actually walk in front of the shack; now the sign leans in the opposite direction and the letters are in the right order. See more »


References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Rubes' big city comic adventure
16 November 2017 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

When I was quite young, Lum and Abner came on the radio for a 15 minute program every day-or so it seemed. The program was usually a dialogue between the two of them. There was not that much that was funny for a little kid, but their voices and speech were a treat.

This movie is a pleasant easy-going version of their radio humor. A situation is set up for them to meet strange characters and get into comic situations. All of this had been done a lot before this; the oddball characters, the gags, the situations would all have been familiar to 1943 audiences. But the Lum and Abner characters with their distinctive "country" speech and their strange misunderstandings of the big city and the people in it , freshen things up quite a bit.

This movies segues from one comic situation to another smoothly enough. If you don't find one funny, the next one will be along shortly, and it is likely to get a laugh out of you. Absolutely low pressure, easy-going humor.

Try watching it when you're stressed out. This film will calm you down.

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