Li'l Abner (1940)

78 mins | Comedy | 1 November 1940

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Producer:

Lou Ostrow

Cinematographer:

Harry Jackson

Production Designer:

Ralph Berger

Production Company:

Vogue Pictures, Ltd.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Trouble Chaser . In 1959, Paramount produced a musical verion of the Al Capp comic strip, also titled Li'l Abner , directed by Melvin Frank and starring Peter Palmer and Stubby Kaye. The 1959 version was based on the Broadway musical comedy Li'l Abner (15 Nov 1956) by Melvin Frank and Melvin Panama with songs by Johnny Mercer and Gene de ... More Less

The working title of this film was Trouble Chaser . In 1959, Paramount produced a musical verion of the Al Capp comic strip, also titled Li'l Abner , directed by Melvin Frank and starring Peter Palmer and Stubby Kaye. The 1959 version was based on the Broadway musical comedy Li'l Abner (15 Nov 1956) by Melvin Frank and Melvin Panama with songs by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Nov 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
6 Nov 40
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Nov 40
p. 35.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp, distributed by United Features Syndicate (1934--1977).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Li'l Abner," music and lyrics by Ben Oakland, Milton Drake and Milton Berle.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Trouble Chaser
Release Date:
1 November 1940
Production Date:
began late August 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Vogue Pictures, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10126
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6692
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Granny Scraggs urges Daisy Mae to marry, but Daisy is smitten by L'il Abner Yokum, the most eligible bachelor in Dog Patch, and refuses to consider hitching herself to anyone else. Li'l Abner, however, stubbornly resists the idea of love and marriage and remains impervious to Daisy Mae's charms. His attitude changes, however, when, stricken with a stomach ache, he consults with a barber, whom he mistakes for the distinguished Dr. Barbour. After being given only twenty-four hours to live by the false doctor, Li'l Abner rushes to kiss Daisy Mae, a pledge of marriage according to the code of the hills. He then decides to provide for Mammy and Pappy Yokum by capturing bank robber Earthquake McGoon of Skunk Holler for the twenty-five dollar reward. Li'l Abner gets his man but is trapped in the woods by the angry citizenry of Skunk Holler. Wendy Wilecat appears from behind some trees and offers to save Li'l Abner if he promises to marry her. Believing that he will be dead by morning, he consents. Much to Li'l Abner's surprise, he awakens the next morning to find that he is very much alive and the would-be groom to two brides. As Wendy and Daisy Mae play tug of war with Li'l Abner, Mayor Gurgle rules that whoever catches him during the Sadie Hawkins Day race can have him, and after a hard run race, Li'l Abner loses his bachelorhood to Daisy ... +


Granny Scraggs urges Daisy Mae to marry, but Daisy is smitten by L'il Abner Yokum, the most eligible bachelor in Dog Patch, and refuses to consider hitching herself to anyone else. Li'l Abner, however, stubbornly resists the idea of love and marriage and remains impervious to Daisy Mae's charms. His attitude changes, however, when, stricken with a stomach ache, he consults with a barber, whom he mistakes for the distinguished Dr. Barbour. After being given only twenty-four hours to live by the false doctor, Li'l Abner rushes to kiss Daisy Mae, a pledge of marriage according to the code of the hills. He then decides to provide for Mammy and Pappy Yokum by capturing bank robber Earthquake McGoon of Skunk Holler for the twenty-five dollar reward. Li'l Abner gets his man but is trapped in the woods by the angry citizenry of Skunk Holler. Wendy Wilecat appears from behind some trees and offers to save Li'l Abner if he promises to marry her. Believing that he will be dead by morning, he consents. Much to Li'l Abner's surprise, he awakens the next morning to find that he is very much alive and the would-be groom to two brides. As Wendy and Daisy Mae play tug of war with Li'l Abner, Mayor Gurgle rules that whoever catches him during the Sadie Hawkins Day race can have him, and after a hard run race, Li'l Abner loses his bachelorhood to Daisy Mae. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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