Li'l Abner (1940)

4.91 h 10 min1940UHD7+
The goings-on in the rural Southern community of Dogpatch, USA.
Albert S. Rogell
Jeff YorkMartha O'Driscoll
English [CC]
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JReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Musical!
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I haven't seen this musical in over 40 years. I took a chance and ordered a used copy. It's in excellent condition! I was thrilled at hearing all the songs and seeing many celebrities who were unknown then! Honest seller whom I would do business with again. Thank you!
RehabladyReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2022
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Had to switch from the VHS tape we have had for many years and unable to watch for many years.
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I really was looking for multimedia version but alas, all that was available was DVD. I snapped it up!
The cast of this 1959 film is fantastic. This is the original. I don't care about any remakes.
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R. DucharmeReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2021
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Classic 50s Musical
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I was Pappy Yokum as a junior in high school. I broke my foot and wanted to do a slew of musicals and started with this one! The film is fantastic. It’s like they took the stage play and put it on a soundstage. With many from the original Broadway cast in the film it’s a sheer delight. I loved it.
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missmaliss79Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2022
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Arrived as stated, on time- just in time for Christmas!
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Been searching all over for the dvd as a gift for my mother this past Christmas.. great condition for a gently used dvd- she was over the moon!
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J. R. SchuhReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Holds up very well
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I bought the DVD because I have an old lp record of the show's music, and decided to by a DVD before IT became outmoded. It pleased me to discover that the show holds up very well. Al Capp's crazy world of Dogpatch is brought to life with absolutely no effort at realism. The back drops are literally those of the stage, the choreography has real people moving and singing like comic strip characters. I played it for my two-year old granddaughter and she in front of the TV entranced by it all for minutes at a time. Normally she pays no attention at all to live-action films. For people who remember Capp's strip, of course, the satire comes through loud and clear, and enough of it is sufficiently timeless for everyone to get most of the jokes. Stubby Kaye is the real star of the film, and he is perfect as Marrying Sam, a minor figure in the strip, and his vigor holds the film together. But all the cast is pleasant and more than capable. Although I wish that Edie Adams had been cast as Daisie Mae, Lesie Parrish does a fine job in the role, and Peter Palmer sings well and is appropriately good-looking and naive as L'l Abner. The color is a bit runny , but who cares.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
More Julie Newmar!!!
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I have a vague recollection as a child in the seventies of the comic strip "Li'l Abner" is based on. The hilbilly vernacular that writer Al Capp used was a slight chore getting through and the political satire was a little over my head. This 1959 film is quite enjoyable, however. Director Melvin Frank and co-scripter Norman Panama have retained the pointed satire of Capp's strip. Peter Palmer has a hunky affability as Abner. Leslie Parrish does a sweet turn as Daisy Mae. Good supporting turns by the cast in particular Stubby Kaye as Marryin' Sam and Billy Hayes as Mammy Yokum. The choreography is quite imaginative which is most prevalent in the Sadie Hawkins Day sequence. If I can find a fault with the film it would be in the score. Though energetically performed by a game cast the songs were not particularly memorable to me. Though alot of the film's humor is derived from the Cold War politics of it's day the film does not seem dated. I wholeheartedly suggest that you'll have a good time with "Li'l Abner". I has spoken!!!!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's enjoyable
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What to know going in: Al Capp wrote it as satire, it the stage version on film. I mentioned this movie to some friends who had never heard of it. They were delighted to see it. I consider it fluff, but it's fun. The big name in the movie at the time was Stubby Kaye, but if you pay close attention you will see a future Catwoman and Elle Mae Clampett.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shecks, Hain't a Bad Flick 'Tall.
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I have fond memories reading Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" in the funny papers as a kid. A lot of Capp's right wing politics went over my head but I enjoyed the strip regardless. I get a chuckle recalling L'il Abner's ideal, Fearless Fosdick. This film lovingly recalls the Dogpatch as I remember it. You have to chuckle at Mammy Yokem's grotesque protruding chin or Pappy's bulbous nose. Granville Owen makes for an affable Abner and Martha O'Driscoll makes for a fetching Daisy Mae. You're on the edge of your seat rooting for Daisy Mae to catch Abner on Sadie Hawkins Day. The tuneful title song was co-written by Milton Berle. On this disc the feature is accompanied by "Private Snuffy Smith" based on Fred Laswell's comic strip. An adequate programmer nothing more or nothing less. Noteworthy is that Edgar Kennedy, better known as a foil for the Marx Brothers, appears in both films.
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