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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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Your Favorite Cartoon Alive on the Screen LAUGH with Li'l Abner Your Favorite cartoon character...in person on the SCREEN! See more »

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Comedy

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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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Brings A Smile Or Two
1 March 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

When LI'L ABNER was made, in 1940, Al Capp's comic strip of the same name was one of the U.S.'s favorites, with his hayseed creation finding himself in one jam after the other, without trying at all. A story by Capp is the foundation for this film, which holds a unique spot in cinema history, as it is the only attempt to precisely recreate comic illustration, utilizing makeup, costumes and exact phrasing (without interpretation). The plot and subplots generally revolve about the annual Sadie Hawkins Day celebration in Dogpatch, which presents area females with just about their only opportunity to catch a husband, by literally running down and snaring one of the town's fleeing bachelors. For those who remember the silent film era, this effort provides small roles for many pre-talkie stalwarts, including Buster Keaton, Edgar Kennedy, Chester Conklin, Al St. John, Lucien Littlefield, Hank Mann and Edward Brady. At times very reminiscent of Capp's drawing, the very tall Jeff York, billed as Granville Owen, is effective as Abner. Martha O'Driscoll, Kay Sutton and Billie Seward, as the three women most vigorously seeking marriage with Abner, do their hearty best with the thin scenario. More silly than cute, this picture is not marked by outstanding work from cast and crew, its significance coming only from the mentioned verisimilitude.


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