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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.


Albert S. Rogell


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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff York ... Li'l Abner Yokum (as Granville Owen)
Martha O'Driscoll ... Daisy Mae Scragg
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Johnnie Morris Johnnie Morris ... Lucifer 'Pappy' Yokum
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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


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

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Oh, Happy Day! It's Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae and Mammy and Pappy Yokum right out of your favorite cartoon strip! See more »




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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
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Li'l Abner
Written by Ben Oakland, Milton Drake and Milton Berle
Sung by "Martha O'Driscoll'
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16 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Al Capp's cartoon strip was so satirically acidic that he was constantly being threatened with suit by the public figures he parodied--and at least one, Joan Baez, actually took him to court. But viewers needn't expect much of Capp's celebrated wit in this 1940 cinematic take on the much-celebrated residents of Dogpatch, USA; more silly than clever and more embarrassing than entertaining, L'IL ABNER has been justly neglected for more than a half a century.

Still, it does have a few charms, and most of these are among the cast. Director Albert S. Rogell was a workhorse of the silent era, and the film is crammed to overflowing with a host of silent actors taking one more shot at fame--with the great Buster Keaton the most celebrated name on the roster. Sad to say, they are largely wasted, but we're at least given a chance to see them once more, a decade after their stars faded.

The most successful members of the cast are actually the younger players, with Jeff York (billed as Granville Owen) unexpectedly effective in actually looking the part of L'il Abner himself. Martha O'Driscoll is merely acceptable as Daisy Mae, but Billie Seward strikes all the right notes as the man-hungry Cousin Delightful. And now and then a moment "pops" enough for you to see a little of what made Capp's concepts so wickedly funny.

The plot is standard Capp, but it lacks Capp's bite: Daisy Mae loves Abner, Cousin Delightful wants him for herself, and Abner prefers pork chops. In terms of production values, the film was very obviously done on the cheap, and Rogell's direction is hardly inspired: not only is the camera static, the pace is positively leaden. Fans of the original strip will probably find it a guilty pleasure, but even they will likely admit that this is Al Capp with both fangs pulled.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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