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 overview, first billed only:
Jeff York ...
Li'l Abner Yokum (as Granville Owen)
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Mona Ray ...
Johnnie Morris ...
Lonesome Polecat
Billie Seward ...
Cousin Delightful
Kay Sutton ...
Wendy Wilecat
Maude Eburne ...
Granny Scragg
Johnny Arthur ...
Walter Catlett ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Cornelius Cornpone
Lucien Littlefield ...
The Sheriff / Mr. Oldtimer
Charles A. Post ...
Earthquake McGoon
Bud Jamison ...
Hairless Joe
Frank Wilder ...
Abijah Gooch


The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.

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Release Date:

9 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bange for piger  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Version of Li'l Abner (1959) See more »


Li'l Abner
Written by Ben Oakland, Milton Drake and Milton Berle
Sung by "Martha O'Driscoll'
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Wasnt That Bad
20 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

In comparison to the 1959 musical, this non-musical 1940 version seemed closer to the comic strip in ways the musical missed.

There was more of a feeling of shut-off from society in the 1940 film. Granville Owen was far better than Peter Palmer in '59.

Mammy bathing Pappy Yokum is a scene to behold all on its own. Granted the performers probably didn't need the makeup tho, as Granny Scragg did indeed make for a memorable character with no facial makeup.

Always nice to see Buster Keaton.

The very first person we would see was Daisy Mae (in bed, no less), so clearly there was supposed to be some launching of a screen beauty here.

This movie would make better use of the dregs of Dogpatch society, such as Fantastic Brown's wife saying it is time for his bath.

We also see Abijah Gooch (always liked that name) and Hannibal Hoops.

By far one of the best lines must be when Hairless Joe proclaims about the ten dollar reward for Earthquake McGoon, "ain't that much money in all tarnation!"

Peter Palmer may have been able to sing better, but Granville Owen got the character down much better.

The actor who portrayed Earthquake McGoon here would be the actual wrestler who inspired the character in the comic strip. Using the term 'actor' loosely, as he really didn't offer much of a performance.

This movie would have none of Capp's 'satirical humor' in it, but if the musical contained any of the strip's statements, it really didnt shine through there either.

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