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Li'l Abner (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Family | 2 June 1960 (UK)
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 »

Director:

Melvin Frank

Writers:

Melvin Frank (screenplay), Al Capp (based on the comic strip by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Palmer Peter Palmer ... Li'l Abner Yokum
Leslie Parrish ... Daisy Mae Scragg
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 Joe E. Marks ... Pappy Yokum
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Earthquake McGoon
Al Nesor Al Nesor ... Evil Eye Fleagle
Robert Strauss ... Romeo Scragg
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Available Jones
Ted Thurston Ted Thurston ... Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen Álvarez Carmen Álvarez ... Moonbeam McSwine (as Carmen Alvarez)
Alan Carney ... Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Musical | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El país de la alegría See more »

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Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nearly all of the score was retained for the film version, with several exceptions: "Oh Happy Day," "Unnecessary Town," "Love in a Home" and "Progress is the Root of All Evil" were dropped, and the second act reprise of "Namely You" was replaced by a new song composed especially for the film, "(I Wish It Could Be) Otherwise." Composers Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer also devised the choral number "Room Enuf for Us" for the screen version. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Spin-off Li'l Abner (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Room Enuf for Us
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Chorus
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10 July 2002 | by westeggSee all my reviews

Li'l ABNER is among the most exuberant '50s musicals around. What is possibly wooden about the performances? Just look at Julie Newmar! The cast and music is first rate from start to finish. It's so easy to trash a film; this one does not deserve such treatment. Li'l ABNER has high energy, a stylish production design and certainly worth a look.


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