“Li’l Abner” is a musical comedy film released in 1940, directed by Albert S. Rogell and based on the popular comic strip of the same name by Al Capp. The film tells the story of Abner Yokum, a lazy but lovable hillbilly who lives in the small town of Dogpatch, USA.
The plot centers around the town’s efforts to attract a government contract for a new atomic bomb testing site, which will bring in much-needed jobs and money. However, the corrupt General Bullmoose and his assistant, Appassionata Von Climax, are also vying for the contract and will stop at nothing to get it.
Meanwhile, Abner falls in love with Daisy Mae Scragg, a beautiful young woman who is also being pursued by the wealthy and arrogant Stupefyin’ Jones. The two men engage in a hilarious battle for Daisy Mae’s affections, culminating in a climactic chase scene through the streets of Dogpatch.
The film features a talented cast, including Granville Owen as Li’l Abner, Martha O’Driscoll as Daisy Mae, and Mona Ray as Stupefyin’ Jones. It also includes several memorable musical numbers, including the classic “Jubilation T. Cornpone.”
Overall, “Li’l Abner” is a fun and entertaining comedy that captures the humor and charm of the beloved comic strip. Its combination of slapstick humor, catchy songs, and colorful characters make it a classic of the genre.
Albert S. Rogell
Charles Kerr, Tyler Johnson, Al Capp
Jeff York, Martha O’Driscoll, Mona Ray