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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Oh happy day! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Family

Certificate:

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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the final wedding scene, there is a long shot early in the song where the boom mic is plainly visible, well down in the top center, for the entire shot. See more »

Quotes

Mammy Yoakum: I has spoken.
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Connections

Referenced in Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Room Enuf for Us
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Chorus
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Excellent film version of a brilliant stage musical
23 July 2003 | by mccarthyosSee all my reviews

This film preserves one of the great musical theatre treats from the Broadway stage. A funny, off-beat musical version of Al Capp's comic strip effectively transfered to the screen. The songs are splendid and match the mood of the show perfectly. They are satirical, witty and droll and the score is first class. Another Panama and Frank classic.


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