With Leslie Parrish, Julie Newmar, Valerie Harper, Peter Palmer, Stella Stevens, Billie Hayes, William Lanteau, Robert Strauss, Stubby Kaye, Howard St. John, Bern Hoffman, Joe E. Marks, Al Nesor
Li'l Abner is a 1959 musical film based on the comic strip of the same name created by Al Capp and the successful Broadway musical of the same name that opened in 1956. The movie was produced by Norman Panama and directed by Melvin Frank. It was the second film to be based on the comic strip, the first being RKO's 1940 film, Li'l Abner.
Several songs, with music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, were adapted directly from the Broadway production, but the original portions of the motion picture score were written and conducted by Nelson Riddle and Joseph J. Lilley, which earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Score in 1960 and earned Riddle a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack Album. The movie was released on December 11, 1959 by Paramount Pictures.
Almost every major character in the movie was portrayed by the same performer who appeared in the role on Broadway. Notable exceptions are Daisy Mae and Appassionata von Climax. Jerry Lewis has an unbilled brief cameo as Itchy McRabbit.