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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Palmer ...
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Stubby Kaye ...
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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Comedy | Musical | Family

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15 June 1961 (Mexico)  »

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Aventuras de Ferdinando  »

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The stage production of "Lil Abner" opened at the St. James Theater in New York on November 15, 1956 and ran for 693 performances. Edith (Edie) Adams won the 1957 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Musical for "Li'l Abner" for portraying Daisy Mae. Stubby Kaye, Billie Hayes, Julie Newmar, Robert Karl and Hope Holiday recreated their stage roles in the movie version. See more »

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The top of the scenery and several lights are visible on the upper right throughout much of the "Jubilation T. Cornpone" number, and other scenes in the Dogpatch set. See more »

Quotes

Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat: Romeo Scragg, do you claim to be Daisy Mae's kith an' kin?
Romeo Scragg: Yes, and that's the whole trouble.
Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat: Trouble?
Romeo Scragg: Yeah, I'd like to kith her, but I don't think I kin!
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Jubilation T. Cornpone
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Stubby Kaye and cast
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A classic from the golden age of musicals
30 May 1999 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

L'IL ABNER is a minor classic from the golden age of musicals. Dogpatch and its denizens are stylistically realized in this comic-strip of a film. Peter Palmer (Abner), Billie Hayes (Mammy Yokum) and Stubby Kaye (Marryin' Sam), among others, bring the eccentric citizens of this burg to musical life with humor and vitality. Among the best songs are "Jubilation T. Cornpone," "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands," and the "Rag Off'n the Bush" dance. Put your Sondheim sophistication aside and enjoy this wonderfully down-home parody of government and backwoods folk.


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