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Director:
Writers:
Al Capp (comic strip)
Melvin Frank (writer)
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Release Date:
15 June 1961 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Oh happy day! See more »
Plot:
As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the Finest Stage To Screen Musical Adaptaions! See more (50 total) »

Cast

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Peter Palmer ... Li'l Abner Yokum

Leslie Parrish ... Daisy Mae
Stubby Kaye ... Marryin' Sam
Howard St. John ... General Bullmoose

Julie Newmar ... Stupefyin' Jones

Stella Stevens ... Appassionata Von Climax
Billie Hayes ... Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Joe E. Marks ... Pappy Yokum
Bern Hoffman ... Earthquake McGoon
Al Nesor ... Evil Eye Fleagle

Robert Strauss ... Romeo Scragg
William Lanteau ... Available Jones
Ted Thurston ... Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen Álvarez ... Moonbeam McSwine (as Carmen Alvarez)

Alan Carney ... Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat
Stanley Simmonds ... Rasmussen T. Finsdale
Diki Lerner ... Lonesome Polecat
Joe Ploski ... Hairless Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester Conklin ... Dogpatch Townsman (unconfirmed)
Ken Ackles ... Muscleman (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Allison ... Bullmoose's Secretary (uncredited)
Babette Bain ... Louella (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Town Sharpie (uncredited)
Gilbert Brady ... Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
William D. Brown ... Bullmoose's Secretary (uncredited)
Cleo ... Dog (uncredited)

Lesley-Marie Colburn ... Hillbilly Girl (uncredited)
Carole Conn ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Lorraine Crawford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Walt Davis ... Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Rockne Deane ... Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Ron Dexter ... Dogpatcher (uncredited)

Nick Dimitri ... Muscleman (uncredited)

Donna Douglas ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel ... Finsdale's Second Assistant (uncredited)
Bonnie Evans ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Roy Fitzell ... Dogpatcher (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Marianne Gaba ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Aaron Girard ... Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Scragg Family Member (uncredited)

Valerie Harper ... Luke's Wife (uncredited)
Brad Harris ... Muscleman Luke (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Bullmoose's Secretary (uncredited)
Fritz Hess ... Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Hope Holiday ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Maureen Hopkins ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Horan ... Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Beth Howland ... Clem's Wife (uncredited)
Bob Jellison ... Government Man (uncredited)
Robert Karl ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Tall Bar Harbor Scragg (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Dogpatch Townswoman (uncredited)

Jerry Lewis ... Itchy McRabbit (uncredited)
Terence Little ... Airforce Officer (uncredited)
Bert May ... Dogpatcher (uncredited)
Fran McHale ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Butler (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Muscleman Rufe (uncredited)
Charles Owens ... Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Joseph H. Pryor ... Bullmoose's Secretary (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Rufe (uncredited)
Mabel Rea ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Scragg Family Member (uncredited)
Alex Ruiz ... Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Arthur Sacks ... Scrawny Husband (uncredited)
Robert Smart ... Bullmoose Yes Man (uncredited)
Dolores Starr ... Zsa Zsa (uncredited)
Gloria Tennes ... Party Guest / Dogpatch Girl (uncredited)
Mary O. Thomas ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mark Tobin ... Rejuvenated Government Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Melvin Frank 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Al Capp  comic strip
Melvin Frank  writer
Norman Panama  writer

Produced by
Norman Panama .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
Nelson Riddle 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt 
 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse 
 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Alvin Colt 
 
Makeup Department
Sue Kirkpatrick .... hair stylist
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager
C. Kenneth Deland .... unit production manager
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Dale Coleman .... second assistant director
Donald Roberts .... second assistant director
James A. Rosenberger .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Wayne Buttress .... standby painter
Carl Coleman .... props
Jean Eckart .... stage production scenery
William Eckart .... stage production scenery
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Nick Gerolimates .... cableman
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Jim Miller .... sound recordist
John Nostri .... mike grip
Bud Parman .... boom operator
Howard Beals .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Grant .... assistant camera
James Knott .... camera operator
Loren Nutten .... best boy
Glen E. Richardson .... still photographer
Herb Welts .... company grip
Stanley Williams .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alvin Colt .... costume designer: original stage production
Bill Edwards .... wardrobe: men
Ruth Stella .... wardrobe: women
Yvonne Wood .... wardrobe executed by
 
Music Department
Lehman Engel .... vocal arranger: original stage production
Michael Kidd .... stager: musical numbers, original stage production
Philip J. Lang .... orchestrator: original stage production
Joseph J. Lilley .... conductor
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arranger
Johnny Mercer .... lyricist: songs
Genevieve Pitot .... music arranger: ballet music, original stage production
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Dee Dee Wood .... stager: musical numbers
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hal C. Kern .... assistant to producer
Terence Little .... dialogue coach
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Art Sarno .... publicist
 

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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Mammy Yoakum:[talking about going to the city] You gals are going to have to go through a before-marriage custom called *engagement*.
Moonbeam McSwine:Engagement, what's that?
Mammy Yoakum:That's the part before the gal says "Shore do!" and the preacher says "Go to!"
Moonbeam McSwine:How long this engagement thing last?
Mammy Yoakum:Sometimes a whole month.
Moonbeam McSwine:A whole month? What are they, insecure?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sweet Home Alabama (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Matrimonial StompSee more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of the Finest Stage To Screen Musical Adaptaions!, 5 July 2002
Author: peacham from Pa.

This delightful musical has it all...The colorful characters from Dogpatch U.S.A.,the great songs that made the Broadway show such a hit,funny and lively dances and colorful sets and costumes!his melodic film is led to victory by the late,great Stubby Kaye as Marryin Sam. While its Abner's story Kaye's Sam steals the picture. His 3 main numbers are all showstoppers especially the famous Jubilation T. Cornpone. Peter Palmer and Leslie Parrish are charming as Abner and Daisy Mae,while Howard St. John is a perfectly pompous General Bullmoose. My only regret is that they cut his brilliant "Progress Is The Root Of All Evil" number from the stage version.Stella Stevens is also well cast as Bullmoose's mistress Appasionata Von Climax. The songs are indeed some of the strongest ever written for a traditional musical comedy including the comedic satire on politic "The Country's in The Very Best Of Hands' and Daisy's and Sam's homage to growing older "Past My Prime".

In short 'Lil Abner' is sheer musical delight.

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