"Corny" in the sense of schmaltzy or overly sentimental is, of course, in the eyes or ears of the beholder. The old time radio show "Down our Way" will certainly be considered by some as corny. At the same time, though, this rather obscure program from the 1930's has a simple message of small-town life.
It is not unlike the Mayberry of The Andy Griffith Show that was a staple of television for many years. "Down our Way" even has a town choir similar to the one often featured in Andy Griffith's Mayberry.
Not much is known about this series. A search on the internet turned up virtually nothing, and it is not mentioned in any of the reference books, except for a short blurb in Jay Hickerson’s Ultimate Guide. However, it is a very entertaining show. The story line revolves around neighbors helping neighbors and using their faith in their daily lives. Believed to have been made in the early 1930's, the series is accented with the main characters practicing their choir hymnals. It was a much simpler time and given today’s atmosphere, it would be great to have that time return. You can go back, if only for 30 minutes at a time.This program may not be for everyone, but I think you will be surprised by how quickly it can draw you in. All of the episodes are under 30 minutes. Try one. You just may like it too.
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