Li'l Abner (1940)





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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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Granville Owen
as Li'l Abner Yokum
Martha O'Driscoll
as Daisy Mae Scraggs
Buster Keaton
as Lonesome Polecat
Mona Ray
as Pansy 'Mammy' Yokum
Johnnie Morris
as Pappy Yokum
Billie Seward
as Cousin Delightful
Kay Sutton
as Wendy Wilecat
Maude Eburne
as Granny Scraggs
Edgar Kennedy
as Cornelius Cornpone
Charles A. Post
as Earthquake McGoon
Bud Jamison
as Hairless Joe
Dick Elliott
as Marryin' Sam
Johnny Arthur
as Montague
Lucien Littlefield
as The Sheriff / Mr. Oldtimer
Frank Wilder
as Abijah Gooch
Chester Conklin
as Mayor Gurgle
Mickey Daniels
as Cicero Grunts
Doodles Weaver
as Hannibal Hoops
Sammy Kaye
as Marryin' Sam
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Abner is a stupid hillbilly, but girls like him because he's cute. I suppose they have to take what they can get, but you don't have to take this movie, it's not worth watching.

Aj V
Aj V

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the tradition of using hokum humor to make valid social points goes back a long way and al capp's "li'l abner" was a formidable addition, especially for a newspaper comic strip, to that interesting form. unfortunately li'l of capp's sarcasm and wit makes it to this movie version (that never happens in the movies!). tho granville owen is a dead ringer for al capp's creation (and i don't know if that's a good or bad thing), the throwaway hollywood treatment is more like a valentine than real love. buster keaton's here too.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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It's good if you like the comic strip. Granville Owen is good as Li'l Abner. Al Capp's comic strip was political, and this movie shys away from anything political, so it doesn't really get Al Capp's point. Buster Keaton is funny in his few scenes as Lonesome Polecat.

Morris Nelms
Morris Nelms

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