Entertainment Weekly - 04/22/2005
"[I]t has a lovely score...vigorous dancing, and hayseed humor..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This beloved cartoon strip from Al Capp comes to jubilant, Technicolor life in this rollicking film based on the popular Broadway hit. When the hillbilly town of Dogpatch-deemed the most useless community in America-is chosen as a test site for A-bombs, its colorful citizens take up the good fight, with lots of fun and merriment. Loaded with bouncy songs and joyous dance numbers, Li'l Abner boosts a splendid cast featuring Stubby Kaye as "Marryin' Sam" and Julie Newmar as "Stupefyin' Jones." Wild, wacky and wonderful entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!
Based on the popular Broadway hit about a hillbilly town called Dogpatch and how the townspeople make a ruckus when they find out it's being taken over as a test site for A-bombs. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
An entertaining big-screen version of the hit Broadway musical based on Al Capp's popular comic strip. The U.S. Congress has selected the hillbilly town of Dogpatch as the most useless location in the entire country and, therefore, the perfect site to test A-bombs. When the none-too bright Li'l Abner and the other citizens get wind of what's going on, they set out to prove that their neighborhood has value. But can the simple people of Dogpatch actually devise a plan that will win over the government' Among the many delightful tunes you'll hear are "Don't That Take the Rag Off'n the Bush" and "I'm Past My Prime."
Shot in VistaVision. Color by Technicolor.
Released theatrically in New York City December 11, 1959.
Additional cast: Joe E. Marks (Pappy Yokum); Bern Hoffman (Earthquake McGoon); Al Nesor (Evil Eye Fleagle); William Lanteau (Available Jones); Ted Thurston (Senator Jack S. Phogbound); Carmen Alvarez (Moonbeam McSwine); Stanley Simmonds (Rasmussen T. Finsdale); Joe Ploski (Hairless Joe); and Diki Lerner (Lonesome Polecat).
Dee Dee Wood's dances are based on Michael Kidd's choreography for the original Broadway show.
Peter Palmer, who stars as Li'l Abner in the film, also created that role on Broadway. Joe E. Marks, Stubby Kaye and Howard St. John also appeared in the original show.
The Broadway production ran for 2 years.
Songs: "Jubilation T. Cornpone" "Don't That Take the Rag Off'n the Bush" "A Typical Day" "If I Had My Druthers" "Room Enuff for Us" "Namely You" "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands" "Unnecessary Town" "I'm Past My Prime"