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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 »
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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?

Valerie Harper earned her SAG card by appearing as one of the dancers in this movie.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Studio lights can be seen in many scenes (especially in letterbox).See more »
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 Rhinestone (1984)See more »
It's a Typical DaySee more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Most Useless Spot in the USA, 29 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Lil Abner ran as a comic strip for over 20 years before being converted into a long running Broadway musical. The original production had Peter Palmer in the lead with Edie Adams instead of Leslie Parrish being Daisy Mae. It debuted in 1956 and ran for two years.

Our government has determined Nevada with its contribution of Las Vegas to our culture should no longer be a site of atomic testing. Dogpatch with its 100% unemployment should be. So everyone's to pack up and leave in a week.

Needless to say the residents of Dogpatch who Al Capp created are not ready to leave, but they are blindly patriotic. They have to find some thing worth salvaging in Dogpatch.

They hit on it with Mammy Yoakum's Yoakumberry tonic which she has been feeding a spoonful of to Lil Abner since his birth. He's grown up big and strong with a soloflex physique.

Let's just say that there's a problem with Yoakumberry tonic. Mammy Yoakum may have hit upon steroid abuse 30 years ahead of time. That leads to all the complications, matrimonial and political, contained in the plot.

I liked the production and the surreal sets, very much like Warren Beatty's production of Dick Tracy later on, another cartoon character. I didn't like the fact that the best song of the Gene DePaul-Johnny Mercer score was left out of the film. It's called Love in a Home and Bing Crosby did a fine record of it back in 1956.

Peter Palmer had he come along even 10 years earlier might have given folks like Howard Keel and Gordon MacRae competition for musical leads in film. As it was, musicals were slowly dying out as they became to expensive to produce.

The one who got the most attention on Broadway and Hollywood was Stubby Kaye as Marrying Sam. DePaul and Mercer wrote a wonderful satirical song called Jubilation T. Cornpone about a less than able southern general who was proud to call Dogpatch his hometown. Kaye was a great performer and fortunate are we that in Guys and Dolls and Lil Abner we have his two best known performances preserved.

By the way, the character General Bullmoose who Howard St. John played, is a spoof of Eisenhower's flannelmouth Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson. He was the President of General Motors and during his confirmation made that comment that came out "what was good for General Motors was good for the USA." He was the perfect living caricature of a blowhard businessman and Al Capp had a field day with him. Hence the choral song What's good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA.

Dogpatch may have been useless, but it's sure a nice place to visit.

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