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Li'l Abner [1959] (1 disc)

Director:Melvin Frank
Writer:Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Composer:Joseph J. Lilley
Nelson Riddle
Songs:Gene de Paul
Johnny Mercer
Length:114 minutes
(1 hour 54 minutes)
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race.

Reaction: Nice songs, energetic, and silly.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Melvin Frank => Director / Writer
Norman Panama => Writer
Joseph J. Lilley => Composer
Nelson Riddle => Composer
Gene de Paul => Songs
Johnny Mercer => Songs
Al Capp => Comic Strip
Al Nesor => Evil Eye Fleagle
Alan Carney => Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat
Babette Bain => Louella (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman => Earthquake McGoon
Beth Howland => Clem's Wife (uncredited)
Billie Hayes => Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Danny Borzage => Townsman (uncredited)
Diki Lerner => Lonesome Polecat
Donna Douglas => Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Eric Alden => Policeman (uncredited)
Howard St. John => General Bullmoose
Jerry Lewis => Itchy McRabbit (uncredited)
Joe E. Marks => Pappy Yokum
Julie Newmar => Stupefyin' Jones
Kenner G. Kemp => Tall Bar Harbor Scragg (uncredited)
Leslie Parrish => Daisy Mae Scragg
Nick Dimitri => Muscleman (uncredited)
Paul Frees => Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Palmer => Li'l Abner Yokum
Robert Banas => Town Sharpie (uncredited)
Robert Strauss => Romeo Scragg
Stella Stevens => Appassionata Von Climax
Stubby Kaye => Marryin' Sam
Ted Thurston => Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Torben Meyer => Butler (uncredited)
Valerie Harper => Luke's Wife (uncredited)
William Lanteau => Available Jones

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • Leslie Parrish's vocals are dubbed by [?] Imogene Lynn.
  • In keeping with Al Capp's original animated designs, whenever any of the voluptuous women of Dogpatch come to a resting position, they stand with their legs beveled.
  • As was the case in the stage version, the character of Stupefyin' Jones, memorably personified by Julie Newmar, communicates only through posturing, minus any dialogue or songs.
  • In casting the original show, it was a challenge to find human beings who could begin to match the exaggerated physical attributes created for the characters by cartoonist Al Capp. As such, when it came time to film the show, Paramount attempted to sign as many of the original cast members as possible. [?] Tina Louise was offered the chance to recreate her stage role as Appassionata von Climax on screen, but she turned it down, believing it would be a misstep to appear in a supporting role following her splashy film debut as the star of God's Little Acre (1958). Stella Stevens, then under contract to Paramount and able to fulfill the character's ample measurements, was signed for the role.
  • Jerry Lewis's cameo was shot with the provision that Paramount would not use his name when marketing the film. This provision was followed but his likeness was used in one of the most prominent marketing stills for the film.
  • Valerie Harper earned her SAG card by appearing as one of the dancers in this movie.
  • Billie Hayes, who portrayed Li'l Abner's Mother "Mammy" Yokum, is actually younger than Peter Palmer who portrayed Li'l Abner.