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Li'l Abner (1959)

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As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race. A senator comes to visit to tell the residents of Dogpatch that their... See full summary »

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A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone
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Peter Palmer ...
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Howard St. John ...
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Appassionata Von Climax
Billie Hayes ...
Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Joe E. Marks ...
Bern Hoffman ...
Earthquake McGoon
Al Nesor ...
Evil Eye Fleagle
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Romeo Scragg
William Lanteau ...
Available Jones
Ted Thurston ...
Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen Álvarez ...
Moonbeam McSwine (as Carmen Alvarez)
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Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat
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As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race. A senator comes to visit to tell the residents of Dogpatch that their town is to be used as an atomic bomb testing ground, unless they can find *something* necessary about the town. Could Mammy Yokum's Yokumberry tonic (which Abner has taken every day since he was a baby) be the key? Written by Anonymous

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COMES ALIVE IN TECHNICOLOR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Family

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15 June 1961 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de Ferdinando  »

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Trivia

Many of the actors and dancers from the 1956 Broadway version were cast in this film. See more »

Goofs

During Abner's and Sam's "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands" musical number, both Mayor Dogmeat and the podium he's standing behind disappear twice. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Bullmoose: Appasionata, you should have been here an hour ago! Why are you so late?
Appassionata Von Climax: I had to make up.
Gen. Bullmoose: Your face?
Appassionata Von Climax: No, with the chauffeur... we had a fight!
Gen. Bullmoose: [to his cronies] Remind me to fire that chauffeur!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2004 (2004) See more »

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Matrimonial Stomp
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Stubby Kaye
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One of the Finest Stage To Screen Musical Adaptaions!
5 July 2002 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews

This delightful musical has it all...The colorful characters from Dogpatch U.S.A.,the great songs that made the Broadway show such a hit,funny and lively dances and colorful sets and costumes!his melodic film is led to victory by the late,great Stubby Kaye as Marryin Sam. While its Abner's story Kaye's Sam steals the picture. His 3 main numbers are all showstoppers especially the famous Jubilation T. Cornpone. Peter Palmer and Leslie Parrish are charming as Abner and Daisy Mae,while Howard St. John is a perfectly pompous General Bullmoose. My only regret is that they cut his brilliant "Progress Is The Root Of All Evil" number from the stage version.Stella Stevens is also well cast as Bullmoose's mistress Appasionata Von Climax. The songs are indeed some of the strongest ever written for a traditional musical comedy including the comedic satire on politic "The Country's in The Very Best Of Hands' and Daisy's and Sam's homage to growing older "Past My Prime".

In short 'Lil Abner' is sheer musical delight.


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