August 16th, 2012

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It brings back a memory ever green

So This Is Washington is a barely-over-an-hourlong movie featuring Chester Lauck and Norris Goff, Lum and Abner. It takes the stars of the rambling serial-comedy radio show and comes up with an excuse to put them in Washington, rather akin to the way Fibber McGee and Molly were dropped into Washington in Heavenly Days, and for the same reason: there was a war on, don't you know? It's not really satisfying, for about the same reason: most of what's fun about these characters is their interactions with their setting. Drop them in with a bunch of strangers who don't have clearly defined personalities and histories and what do you even have them for?

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The version of this that aired on Turner Classic Movies came with title cards mentioning its restoration and preservation by National Film Museum Incorporated, which seems odd given the slightness of the film. However, it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound, so it has historic significance, I guess. But you can watch it on just as fine and probably not miss anything important.

Trivia: A Gallup Poll during World War II showed 71 percent of respondents were wiling to give up double features for the duration. Source: Don't You Know There's A War On?, Richard Lingeman.

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