Li'l Abner

Overview

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.
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/29/2009
  • UPC: 089218595294
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,321

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Granville Owen Li'l Abner
Johnny Arthur
Billy Bevan
Walter Catlett
Chester Conklin
Mickey Daniels
Bud Duncan
Maude Eburne Granny Scraggs
Dick Elliott Marryin'Sam
Bud Jamison Hairless Joe
Sammy Kaye Marryin' Sam
Buster Keaton Lonesome Polecat
Edgar Kennedy Cornelius Cornpone
Doris Linden
Lucien Littlefield
Johnnie Morris Pappy Yokum
Martha O'Driscoll Daisy Mae
Sarah Padden
Charles A. Post Earthquake McGoon
Mona Ray Mammy Yokum
Billie Seward Cousin Delightful
Al St. John
Kay Sutton Wendy Wilecat
Doodles Weaver
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
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