Li'l Abner (1940 film)

Li'l Abner is a 1940 film based on the comic strip Li'l Abner created by Al Capp. The three most recognizable names associated with the film are Buster Keaton as Lonesome Polecat, Jeff York as Li'l Abner, and Milton Berle, who co-wrote the title song.

Li'l Abner
Still with Billie Steward and Jeff York
Directed byAlbert S. Rogell
Produced byLou L. Ostrow
Screenplay byCharles Kerr
Tyler Johnson
Based onLi'l Abner
by Al Capp
StarringJeff York
Martha O'Driscoll
Mona Ray
Johnnie Morris
Buster Keaton
Music byLud Gluskin
CinematographyHarry Jackson
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Donn Hayes
Vogue Pictures, Ltd.
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures reissued by Astor Pictures
Release date
  • November 1, 1940 (1940-11-01)
Running time
78 minutes

This was the first of two films based on the popular Al Capp strip, the second being Paramount's 1959 musical, Li'l Abner, which was also based on the hit 1956 Broadway musical Li'l Abner.


Li'l Abner becomes convinced that he is going to die within twenty-four hours, so agrees to marry two different girls: Daisy Mae (who has chased him for years) and Wendy Wilecat (who rescued him from an angry mob). It is all settled at the Sadie Hawkins Day race.


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