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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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Appassionata Von Climax
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Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Joe E. Marks ...
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Evil Eye Fleagle
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Romeo Scragg
William Lanteau ...
Available Jones
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Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen Álvarez ...
Moonbeam McSwine (as Carmen Alvarez)
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Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat
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Storyline

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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15 June 1961 (Mexico)  »

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Aventuras de Ferdinando  »

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Trivia

Valerie Harper earned her SAG card by appearing as one of the dancers in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the final wedding scene, there is a long shot early in the song where the boom mic is plainly visible, well down in the top center, for the entire shot. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Bullmoose: [talking about Appassionata von Climax] She works for me. She gets a salary, and she sort of lives in my house.
Li'l Abner Yokum: [to Appassionata von Climax] Really? Does that mean you gets bed and board, ma'm?
Appassionata Von Climax: Extremely!
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Rag Offen the Bush
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by entire cast
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Fabulous Fifties Musical Time Capsule
24 May 2002 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

Sure, it's hokey, brash, and fairly simple. It's a living *cartoon*! The songs and jokes are very dated ... which is fantastic! Li'l Abner is actually a fabulous political satire from the 50's. Not only that, but thankfully Michael Kidd's original athletic choreography from Broadway has been captured for posterity. And, hey. Any film that features Valerie Harper, Beth Howland, and Julie Newmar before they were stars ... plus Leslie Parrish (author Richard Bach's wife!) as Daisy Mae ... jeesh. It's a national treasure!


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