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Li'l Abner (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 9 November 1940 (USA)
The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Charles Kerr (screenplay), Tyler Johnson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff York ... Li'l Abner Yokum (as Granville Owen)
Martha O'Driscoll ... Daisy Mae Scragg
Mona Ray ... Pansy 'Mammy' Yokum
Johnnie Morris Johnnie Morris ... Lucifer 'Pappy' Yokum
Buster Keaton ... Lonesome Polecat
Billie Seward ... Cousin Delightful
Kay Sutton ... Wendy Wilecat
Maude Eburne ... Granny Scragg
Johnny Arthur ... Montague
Walter Catlett ... Barber
Edgar Kennedy ... Cornelius Cornpone
Lucien Littlefield ... The Sheriff / Mr. Oldtimer
Charles A. Post ... Earthquake McGoon
Bud Jamison ... Hairless Joe
Frank Wilder Frank Wilder ... Abijah Gooch
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Storyline

The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.

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Taglines:

EVERY GAL IN TOWN IS AFTER "Li'l Abner" ALIVE (if he'll ever be) on the screen...with Daisy Mae, Mammy and Pappy Yokum See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bange for piger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vogue Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the movie that Allie and Noah watched in the movie "The Notebook ". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Granny Scraggs: Daisy Mae! Come on, Daisy Mae. It's gettin' up time.
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Soundtracks

Li'l Abner
Written by Ben Oakland, Milton Drake and Milton Berle
Sung by "Martha O'Driscoll'
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Smooth, Cool, Hip, Well Paced Comedy
28 December 2004 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised watching this comedy for a number of reasons. First, it was not as low budget and amateurish as I expected. It was actually a quite respectable B movie with make-up, sets, stunts and camera-work that matched the level of W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy features of the time.

Second, Buster Keaton's short role prefigured the third banana roles he would play in the American International Beach Movies of the 1960's. His on-screen time is less than five minutes, still, I suspect he had a lot more to do with the production of the movie than his bit part would indicate. The gags have a Keatonesque quality. For example the ending scenes of the women chasing men are reminiscent of the ending scenes in his "Seven Chances." The world of Dogpatch has a self contained, parody of the intellectual world quality, as does many of the comedic worlds created by Keaton (See his "Three Ages" for example.

The humor in the movie foreshadows the hillbilly humor of the 1960's television series, "The Beverly Hillbillies." A recent Lucille Ball biog movie suggested that Keaton had played a major part in the success of the 1950's television series "I Love Lucy." If Keaton did play a role in designing some of the gags in this movie, one might suggest that Keaton was in some sense responsible for a great deal of the successful comedies of the 1950's and 1960's.

On the other hand, the producers might have hired them only because they liked his silent film work and he might not have had any input to the film other than his two or three days on set in his bit part. I wonder if anybody else has any information about the role Keaton played in this still charming movie.


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