The New Pictures: New Pictures: Oct. 31, 1938

The Arkansas Traveler (Paramount) carries a dedication, quoted from LIFE, to "William Allen White ... a living symbol of small-town simplicity and kindliness and common sense." Unsentimental cinemaddicts, however, will perceive that the real purpose of the picture is not so much to pay tribute to that celebrated Kansan as to carry its star, Bob Burns, a step closer to the peculiar niche of public approbation once occupied by the late Will Rogers.

Functioning as a kind of hobo ex machina, Bob Burns arrives by freight train in a town resembling Emporia, Kans.,...

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