Li'l Abner

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Li'l Abner is a 1959 musical film based on the comic strip of the same name created by Al Capp and the successful Broadway musical of the same name that opened in 1956. The movie was produced by Norman Panama and directed by Melvin Frank (co-writers... read more

Li'l Abner is a 1959 musical film based on the comic strip of the same name created by Al Capp and the successful Broadway musical of the same name that opened in 1956. The movie was produced by Norman Panama and directed by Melvin Frank (co-writers of the Broadway production). It was the second film to be based on the comic strip, the first being RKO's 1940 film, Li'l Abner. Several songs, with music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, were adapted directly from the Broadway production, but the original portions of the motion picture score were written and conducted by Nelson Riddle and Joseph J. Lilley, which earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Score in 1960 and earned Riddle a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack Album. The movie was released on December 11, 1959 by Paramount Pictures. Almost every major character in the movie was portrayed by the same performer who appeared in the role on Broadway. Notable exceptions are Daisy Mae (played by Edie Adams on Broadway), Appassionata von Climax (played on stage by Tina Louise) and Mammy Yokum (played on stage by Charlotte Rae). Jerry Lewis has an unbilled brief cameo as Itchy McRabbit.

Original Release

12/11/1959

US Release

12/11/1959

Cast

Peter Palmer Li'l Abner Yokum
Leslie Parrish Daisy Mae / Daisy Mae Scragg
Stubby Kaye Marryin' Sam
Julie Newmar Stupefyin' Jones
Billie Hayes Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Joe E. Marks Pappy Yokum
Stella Stevens Appassionata Von Climax
Bernd Hoffmann Earthquake McGoon
Howard St. John General Bullmoose
Al Nesor Evil Eye Fleagle
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Melvin Frank

Writers

Melvin Frank, Al Capp, Norman Panama

Cast

Peter Palmer Li'l Abner Yokum
Leslie Parrish Daisy Mae / Daisy Mae Scragg
Stubby Kaye Marryin' Sam
Julie Newmar Stupefyin' Jones
Billie Hayes Pansy ('Mammy') Yokum
Joe E. Marks Pappy Yokum
Stella Stevens Appassionata Von Climax
Bernd Hoffmann Earthquake McGoon
Howard St. John General Bullmoose
Al Nesor Evil Eye Fleagle
William Lanteau Available Jones
Ted Thurston Senator Jack S. Phogbound
Carmen Alvarez Moonbeam McSwine
Alan Carney Mayor Daniel D. Dogmeat / Mayor Dawgmeat
Diki Lerner Lonesome Polecat
Valerie Harper Luke's Wife / Dogpatch girl
Beth Howland Clem's Wife / Dogpatch girl
Joe Ploski Hairless Joe
Stanley Simmonds Rasmussen T. Finsdale
Jerry Lewis Itchy McRabbit / Cameo

Producers

Editors

Arthur P. Schmidt

1960OscarBest Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Nominated
1960Golden GlobeBest Motion Picture - Musical Nominated
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