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Lum N’ Abner, Accidentally Yours - July, 1947

June 12th, 2008

As a special treat, here's an episode of "Lum N' Abner" that appears to be uncirculated among otr enthusiasts - "Accidentally Yours" from July 1947, created especially for National Farm Safety Week.

The program was transferred from an original RCA Orthacoustic vinyl transcription disc, matrix number ND7-MM-10097, and was used during the Farm Safety campaign run between July 20 and 26, 1947 by the National Safety Council, Chicago. The other side of the disc contains short segments by various political figures about farm safety that could be used in local farm and news programs.

In the show, Lum and Abner hang up a poster promoting Farm Safety Week and, of course, create many opportunities for accidents in the Jot'em Down Store. Cedric Wehunt and Ben Withers pay a visit.

Chester Lauck and Norris Goff began their run as Lum and Abner in 1932 and the series continued in one form or another until the mid-1950s, appearing on all four major networks during the run of the series. The characters inhabit the mythical small town of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, but Lauck and Goff based them on people they knew growing up in the state.

One of the fun things about the show is that you can hear Lauck starting to break up during one part, where he tosses out some figures on the number of accidents and deaths each year on farms, but he regains his composure and they go on with the recording session.


  • Al

    A special treat indeed! Thanks for this Lum & Abner gem! Is it possible to offer all your programs in 64/44 instead of 32/22 ?

    Jun 13, 2008 at 6:04 pm
  • P. Nussbaum

    Thanks for posting this rarity. Any new Lum and Abner material is always appreciated.

    Jun 14, 2008 at 5:16 am
  • Laura East

    Thank you so much for offering these shows to the otr community. I appreciate the effort you make in this.

    Jun 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm
  • Donnie Pitchford

    Many thanks! This is great! I had not heard this one before!

    Jun 18, 2008 at 5:42 pm
  • D. Shaw

    Came here trying to find out who played the part of Benjamin Withers. Encountered this PSA for farm safety instead. Glad I came and listened.

    Nov 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm
  • D. Phaneuf

    What an enjoyable episode! Wonder what it was that made Lum begin to crack up? Thanks for posting it, and Mike D thanks for letting us know about it.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm
  • Dave @ The Model Garage

    “Many thanks! This is great! I had not heard this one before!”…Oh, Donnie Pitchford just said that.. Well, it goes for me, too. Dave @ The Model Garage

    May 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm