A satiric institution during the Cold War, the hillbilly comic strip Li’l Abner was one of the first funnies to make the leap to Broadway. The film is an unabashed reproduction of a Golden Age Broadway musical, complete with bosomy babes, grotesquely fake beards, and scads of Yokum hokum — like Hee Haw with an orchestra. Still, it has a lovely score by Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer (whose lyrics include Abner’s sublimely silly ”Comes the day I no longer bachel/Natchully I’ll be true…”), vigorous dancing, and hayseed humor that’s more kin to grins than belly laughs. The bland romance between Abner and Daisy Mae (Palmer and Parrish) is boosted by antics from seemingly every character who was ever in the strip. The standouts are Howard St. John’s grasping General Bullmoose and Stubby Kaye’s Marryin’Sam, with his showstopping anthem to an incompetent Confederate general, ”Jubilation T. Cornpone.” Shoot, it’s all cornpone, but it’s good, solid family fun. EXTRAS None.
Li'l Abner A satiric institution during the Cold War, the hillbilly comic strip Li'l Abner was one of the first funnies to make the leap to...Li'l AbnerComedy, MusicalMelvin Frank, Norman Panama A satiric institution during the Cold War, the hillbilly comic strip Li'l Abner was one of the first funnies to make the leap to...2005-04-18Julie Newmar
Genre: Comedy, Musical; Starring: Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Julie Newmar; Director: Melvin Frank; Author: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Posted April 18 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT
- The Property Bros. try to make Broadway dreams come true in spoof
- Young Broadway fan honors Tony nominees with adorable Lego recreations
- Justin Timberlake is dropping 'Can't Stop the Feeling' on Friday
- 'Survivor: Kaôh Rōng': The majority alliance begins to crumble
- Channing Tatum announces 'Magic Mike Live' show in Las Vegas
- Ava DuVernay departs as director of 'Intelligent Life'
- 'Family Guy' mocks Donald Trump as 'dumb loudmouth' in Emmy mailer