The Bashful Bachelor

The Bashful Bachelor is a 1942 American film directed by Malcolm St. Clair. It was the second film in the Lum and Abner film series.

The Bashful Bachelor
Chester Lauck in the film
Directed byMalcolm St. Clair
Charles Kerr (assistant)
Produced byJack William Votion
Written byChester Lauck (story) and
Norris Goff (story)
Chandler Sprague (screenplay)
CinematographyPaul Ivano
Edited byW. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • April 24, 1942 (1942-04-24) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$165,000 (estimated)
Box office$675,000 (USA)


Small town store owner Lum Edwards (Chester Lauck) in Pine Ridge has a thorn in his side because his partner in the Jot-em-Down general store, Abner Peabody (Norris Goff), has exchanged the store delivery car for a race track horse. And because Lum doesn't have the guts to grab the woman he is in love with, Geraldine (ZaSu Pitts), and propose to once and for all, he lays a complex scheme to impress her in a fake "rescue" mission. He fails tremendously in this mission, and nearly gets everyone killed in doing so. However, he doesn't give up, but tries again, and finally succeeds in impressing her. His problems aren't over though, since his proposal, who was to be delivered to Geraldine by his partner Abner, ends up in the wrong hands when it is delivered to a very prone bachelorette, Widder Abernathy (Constance Purdy) instead. She jumps at the possibility of marrying Lum, and the game is afoot. Lum doesn't get out of trouble until the town sheriff (Irving Bacon) finds widow Widder's disappeared husband.[2]



  1. "The Bashful Bachelor: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  2. The Bashful Bachelordetails,; accessed September 23, 2015.

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