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Li'l Abner (1959)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Family  |  15 June 1961 (Mexico)
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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
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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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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

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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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

Daisy Mae: [about growing old and unmarried] I looked in the mirror this morning and most of my good years are gone.
Marryin' Sam: I guess you're right. After all, you is pushing eighteen.
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What's Good for General Bullmoose
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Howard St. John, Stella Stevens, Ted Thurston and uncredited male cast
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Li'l Abner provides big Broadway fun to the screen
6 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen the Broadway musical on the New York stage 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". Paramount finally released it on DVD April 19, 2005. About time!


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