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Release Date:
15 June 1961 (Mexico) See more »
Oh happy day! See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)
Jimmie 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)

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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
114 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex)

Did You Know?

The success of Li'l Abner (1959) brought about the inspiration for the popular TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-'71) A then unknown Donna Douglas appeared briefly in this film (about a half hour in) with the lines: "Yeah Mammy, we wants to get citified... we wants to broaden our horizons" She of course went on to play the role of Elly May Clampett, a character modelled in part after L'il Abner's Daisy Mae. The 'Dogpatch' influences also extended to another Beverly Hillbilly character... Clampett Matriarch Daisy 'Granny' Moses was even closer to Mammy Yokum. Her spunkiness and potion making were right out of Dogpatch.See more »
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 »
Mammy Yoakum:I has spoken.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Five Years (2014)See more »
Rag Offen the BushSee more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Li'l Abner provides big Broadway fun to the screen, 6 December 2003
Author: lightkeeper-1 from United States

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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