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The ever reliable team of Melvin Frank and Norman Panama not only managed to bring Li'l Abner to the screen virtually intact, they also brought along some of the key members of the original cast, most notably Stubby Kaye (never better) as Marryin' Sam and the amazing Peter Palmer as Li'l Abner. The screen is also filled with attractive and scantily-clad (in the best possible taste) females including winsome Leslie Parrish as Daisy Mae, stunning Julie Newmar as Stupefyin' Jones, and delectable Stella Stevens as the wonderfully named Appassionata Von Climax. All the familiar Dogpatch characters are there, back by the most energetic chorus line ever seen.
If the film occasionally brings to mind that other classic backwoods musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, that's because the songs are by Johnny Mercer and Gene De Paul and the show's original choreography was by Michael Kidd - all of whom contributed so effectively to that earlier film.
Li'l Abner is nothing if not fun with a decidedly bawdy and occasional cynical sense of humor that ranges from terrible puns and double entendres to slightly risque observations on male/female relationships to political satire.Read more ›
The producers pulled off a miraculous feat of casting to get actors and singers who resemble the preposterously proportioned cartoon characters of Al Capp. Watch for an uncredited cameo from Jerry Lewis, a stupefyingly gorgeous Julie Newmar as Stupefyin' Jones, and a beautifully underplayed Stella Stevens as Appassionata von Climax (see what I mean about the double entendres...she gets the best lines in the film!)
Often, when a stage musical is translated to film, the producers place it in a naturalistic setting...like "South Pacific", for example. In many ways, I think that demeans it; the movie setting is less of a fantasy world than it was in stage. No such attempt with Li'l Abner. The crazy cartoon world fits perfectly into a studio set that looks like it was drawn rather than constructed.
Oh, by the way. I want General Bullmoose's limousine. It must be worth a fortune, now...
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This film is an almost slavish recreation of the Broadway musical, with most of the Broadway cast. It shows it's age but is still a lot of fun. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Grey W. Satterfield Jr.
Nothing like a good old Hollywood musical. Film was very entertaining. Songs were enjoyable and I was impressed with the filmmaker's ability to make costumes appear like those in a... Read morePublished 6 days ago by retiredbandman
Good old fashioned fun and great music, along with just enough social commentary to make it interesting and keep it from being syrupy-sweet.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
So much fun! How did I miss this gem? Donna Douglas, Valerie Harper and Beth Howland -- all uncredited! Hate no credits for dancers and singers. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Dennis Junge
Good old movie that is still as silly today as it was back then. Good songs, choreography, dancing!Published 1 month ago by Lindy
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