Li'l Abner


This is the first of two filmed adaptations of Al Capp's classic comic strip, in which the title hillbilly Granville Owen does his best to avoid the marital advances of girlfriend Daisy Mae Martha O'Driscoll.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (4) from $9.15   
  • New (4) from $9.15   


This is the first of two filmed adaptations of Al Capp's classic comic strip, in which the title hillbilly Granville Owen does his best to avoid the marital advances of girlfriend Daisy Mae Martha O'Driscoll.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The first screen adaptation of LI'L ABNER is fairly disappointing, but it does do one thing very well: capture the bizarre physical look of Al Capp's outlandish cartoon world. It's not just Granville Owen (a.k.a. Jeff York)'s muscle-bound, lantern-jawed, curlicue banged Abner either ; even the unrealistically squat, potato-nosed Mammy Yokum and outlandishly-bodied Daisy Mae look as if they stepped right out of the newspaper and onto the screen, and the settings are equally faithful. The cast's "rightness" goes beyond the physical; while the characters are, by design, lacking in depth, the cast captures their personalities very well. Unfortunately, they're working in the service of a trite screenplay that is successful at replicating Capp's dialect but not the flavor that informs it. Worse, it totally dispenses with the social and political satire that Capp brought to the strip and which gave it a great deal of punch. What is left is a standard issue, uninspired story that never comes to life. Albert Rogell's plodding direction doesn't help, although he is to be commended for casting the immortal Buster Keaton, even if it's in a part that doesn't allow him to shine very much. Abner has the right look; it's too bad its charms are too much on the surface.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2012
  • UPC: 661799488419
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Source: Desert Island Films
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,387

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Granville Owen Li'l Abner
Johnny Arthur
Billy Bevan
Walter Catlett
Chester Conklin
Mickey Daniels
Maude Eburne Granny Scraggs
Dick Elliott Marryin'Sam
Bud Jamison Hairless Joe
Buster Keaton Lonesome Polecat
Edgar Kennedy Cornelius Cornpone
Lucien Littlefield
Johnnie Morris Pappy Yokum
Martha O'Driscoll Daisy Mae
Charles A. Post Earthquake McGoon
Mona Ray Mammy Yokum
Al St. John
Billie Seward Cousin Delightful
Kay Sutton Wendy Wilecat
Doodles Weaver
Sammy Kaye Marryin' Sam
Bud Duncan
Sarah Padden
Doris Linden
Technical Credits
Edward F. Cline Director
Albert Rogell Director
Donn W. Hayes Editor
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Tyler Johnson Screenwriter
Charles Kerr Screenwriter
Otto Ludwig Editor
Lou L. Ostrow Producer
Herman Schlom Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously