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Li'l Abner (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  9 November 1940 (USA)
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The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff York ...
Li'l Abner Yokum (as Granville Owen)
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Daisy Mae Scraggs
Mona Ray ...
Johnnie Morris ...
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Lonesome Polecat
Billie Seward ...
Cousin Delightful
Kay Sutton ...
Wendy Wilecat
Maude Eburne ...
Granny Scraggs
Johnny Arthur ...
Montague
Walter Catlett ...
Barber
Edgar Kennedy ...
Cornelius Cornpone
Lucien Littlefield ...
The Sheriff / Mr. Oldtimer
Charles A. Post ...
Earthquake McGoon
Bud Jamison ...
Hairless Joe
Frank Wilder ...
Abijah Gooch
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The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.

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EVERY GAL IN TOWN IS AFTER "Li'l Abner" ALIVE (if he'll ever be) on the screen...with Daisy Mae, Mammy and Pappy Yokum See more »

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9 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bange for piger  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Granny Scraggs: Daisy Mae! Come on, Daisy Mae. It's gettin' up time.
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Li'l Abner
Written by Ben Oakland, Milton Drake and Milton Berle
Sung by "Martha O'Driscoll'
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A one-joke film....and the joke wears awfully thin.
5 July 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am sure that nowadays the Li'l Abner comic strip loses a lot in translation. Its popularity over the years is one of those things that people today can't really understand. So, from the outset this weird little film has a big strike against it--especially because, by comparison, "The Beverly Hillbillies" is downright sophisticated.

The film is set in the rustic village of Dogpatch--home of Li'l Abner and his kin. Oddly, Abner himself and his determined love interest, Daisy Mae, look relatively normal despite their clothes. But, as for most of the other major characters, they are, to put it bluntly, a group of freaks. Underneath tons of makeup and prosthetics, his parents and a few of the townsfolk look more like extras from the movie FREAKS than anything else! It's all rather creepy and comical. Sure, they did look a lot like the comic strip characters as well, but they just made me feel a bit repulsed.

As for the film, there's a threadbare plot about Daisy Mae and Wendy Wilecat both wanting to get hitched to Abner. However, this plot doesn't even begin until late in the film. Instead, it's just a series of "comical" vignettes--most of which were never funny and only a few of which the audience might have laughed at in 1940. It's all rather sad seeing actors like Buster Keaton stuck in supporting roles, though for some of the old-time silent comedians (such as Chester Conklin and Al St. John), they are buried under so much makeup, wigs and prosthetics that you can't tell it's them--something I assume they felt grateful for when the film debuted.

Overall, a one-joke film that is creepy and hard to watch from start to finish. The only positive value you might have is to use it to insult Southerners (and in particular, people from Arkansas and Tennessee)--but that would seem awfully cruel...unless you really, really hate them.


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