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Li'l Abner (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Family | 15 June 1961 (Mexico)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Joe E. Marks ...
Pappy Yokum
Bern Hoffman ...
Al Nesor ...
Evil Eye Fleagle
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Carmen Álvarez ...
Moonbeam McSwine (as Carmen Alvarez)
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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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El país de la alegría  »

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1.85 : 1
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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, Julie Newmar, Robert Karl and Hope Holiday recreated their stage roles in the movie version. See more »

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General Bullmoose says about Abner and Ms. Von Climax, "Then, by community property, half of everything he owns, she owns." Community property doesn't work like that. If Abner owns any part of the Yokumberry entity, it's separate property, acquired before a marriage. And he doesn't own it anyway--his parents do. See more »

Quotes

Marryin' Sam: [picking up Abner from Gen. Bullmoose's office, looking at Apassionata] Oh, General... you better fire that chauffeur!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2004 (2004) See more »

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Put 'em Back
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Carmen Álvarez and uncredited female cast
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Li'l Abner provides big Broadway fun to the screen
6 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Having seen the Broadway musical on the New York stage in 1958 as well as several touring companies and local productions, I fell in love with the music, characters, costumes and choreography. I have the 1959 film version on VHS and DVD. While I was disappointed that some of the songs from the stage version had been deleted like "Love In A Home" and "Progress Is The Root Of All Evil" with one added that was written especially for the movie, it's still one of my favorite musicals. Peter Palmer is fantastic as "Li'l Abner"! Edie Adams is replaced from the Broadway production by Leslie Parrish as "Daisy Mae" Unfortunately Charlotte Rae was not cast as "Mammy Yoakam".


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