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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Palmer ...
Stubby Kaye ...
Howard St. John ...
Appassionata Von Climax
Billie Hayes ...
Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Joe E. Marks ...
Bern Hoffman ...
Earthquake McGoon
Al Nesor ...
Evil Eye Fleagle
Romeo Scragg
William Lanteau ...
Available Jones
Ted Thurston ...
Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen Álvarez ...
Moonbeam McSwine (as Carmen Alvarez)
Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat


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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Release Date:

15 June 1961 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

El país de la alegría  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


In several shots in the film the top of the backing can be seen, which reveals some of the top of the sound stage and lighting grids. See more »


Available Jones: [being introduced to Gen. Bullmoose] Well, howdy General! Welcome to Dogpatch. I'd say "what's your pleasure?", but I see you done brought it with you.
[Looks directly at Appasionata]
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Version of Li'l Abner (1940) See more »


Namely You
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Leslie Parrish (dubbed by Imogene Lynn) (uncredited) and Peter Palmer
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Great comedy-musical!
13 September 2003 | by (Phoenix AZ) – See all my reviews

What a treat! Every character is wonderfully and colorfully realized. The songs are indeed a breath of fresh air, similar to "How to succeed in Business without really trying". A great film for the whole family and those that loved the strip.

Watch out for Jerry Lewis [cameo role], Donna Douglas [Beverly Hillbillies], Valerie Harper [Rhoda from Mary Tyler Show and from the program of the afore mentioned name], as well as stand-out performances by Stubby Kaye as Marrying' Sam and Al Nessor as Evil Eye Fleagle.

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