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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

LI'L ABNER will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first High School Musical I was in. I was about 15 years old and played a Dogpatcher and then later the Colonel and the nerdy skinny Government Man that gets transformed into a Handsome Muscleman after drinking the Yokumberry Tonic. Never got to taste the Kickapoo Joy Juice.

Anyway, I love the show and songs and score.

The film version is available on DVD and is a lot of fun. Jerry Lewis, big at Paramount at that time makes a very short cameo as a looney character Itchy McRabbit and is gone.

The movie also features a pre-STAR TREK lovely hot Leslie Parrish as Daisy Mae and this is the film where Valerie Harper (TV's Rhoda) earned her SAG Card as a dancer. Stella Stevens plays Appassionata Von Climax. I remember in our High School version in 1973 we couldn't use "Climax" in the name and it was changed to Appassionata Von "Apex". "Climax" was too sexual at the time.

And ohhhhhhh that hot young Julie Newmar as STUPEFYING JONES!!!

Check her out:

http://ricks-place.net/files/LobbyCards/cards/LilAbner-1959-04.jpg

And here in Awesome Technicolor: View smaller. It gets a little blurry when full screen. The DVD print is awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf1WlLITjzM


There was a nice expanded CD release of the show I picked up some years back. Great long Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet sequence plus much more.

Please share your thoughts on film and score.

Thanks,

Zoob

More hot Julie Newmar in SLAVES OF BABYLON:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj4WO7kvL7M&feature=related

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Score Whore   (Member)

Julie Newmar turned up in another great film musical scored by Gene de Paul -- SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

Love the film.

Leslie Parrish is dubbed.

The so called soundtrack album is very strange as most of it is NOT the same orchestrations or tempo as the film. I wonder why.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

This was a fun "Abner" thread, although little of it had to do with the score:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=56050&forumID=1&archive=0


Sometimes I wonder, now that the doors at Paramount are open a crack, whether Kritzerland would be able to find and release the film tracks -- they'd certainly be "In the Very Best of Hands," so to speak.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

My love for Li'l Abner knows no bounds. My love for Leslie Parrish knows no bounds. And believe me when I tell you that Li'l Abner was at the top of my Paramount list - but it's unfortunately problematic due to the Columbia album.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Hey, Zoob are you in a Jerry Lewis mood or what? wink

Just saw Leslie Parrish in a Mannix episode ("The Playground" w/ Robert Conrad as an arrogant movie star--yes, a stretch for him) and it was refreshing to see Parrish in another non-Star Trek role. Seems like there were dozens of talented and attractive actresses in the late-60s whose careers pretty much ended before they hit, say, 35. And such a shame, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I first saw this in the very early 60's, I think I was about 10, I remember thinking it a strange & wonderful film (esp. in West London), a bit like a live action cartoon. It hardly ever showed up on British telly, so I'm very happy to have the DVD. The DVD is mono, was the film always mono? Thanks to hainshisway for trying, I suppose the good news is that problematic is better than impossible. I defy anyone not to smile when Stubby Kaye sings, Jubilation T Cornpone. Actually when he sings it there's a smallish girl dancer at the front who really puts her heart & soul into it, she really stands out, I haven't got a clue what her name is.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I first saw this in the very early 60's, I think I was about 10, I remember thinking it a strange & wonderful film (esp. in West London), a bit like a live action cartoon. It hardly ever showed up on British telly, so I'm very happy to have the DVD. The DVD is mono, was the film always mono? Thanks to hainshisway for trying, I suppose the good news is that problematic is better than impossible. I defy anyone not to smile when Stubby Kaye sings, Jubilation T Cornpone. Actually when he sings it there's a smallish girl dancer at the front who really puts her heart & soul into it, she really stands out, I haven't got a clue what her name is.

The film was always in mono.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)


Two movie studios kept their film scores in an odd way - both Warners and Paramount would keep only the background music, NOT the songs.

I was releasing Paramount titles when I worked for Pioneer Laserdisc Corporation and remixed several Paramount films for stereo -
I also wanted to remix some of the musicals - White Christmas, Funny Face and Lil Abner.
Paramount had the background music in stereo but all of the songs had been junked a long time ago.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2010 - 11:07 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I also wanted to remix some of the musicals - White Christmas, Funny Face and Lil Abner.
Paramount had the background music in stereo but all of the songs had been junked a long time ago.



I guess the movies' soundtracks would come out sounding strangely inconsistent, but wouldn't there be some nice-sounding soundtrack CDs to be had from such elements, though?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2010 - 4:49 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

no.
White Christmaas had a semi soundtrack album - part soundtrack and part rerecording - and in mono.

Funny Face had an alstual soundtrack album but in mono

lil Abner so called sountrack album was not the soundtrack at all but a stereo rerecording with different tempos, different otrchestrations etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2010 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

no.
White Christmaas had a semi soundtrack album - part soundtrack and part rerecording - and in mono.

Funny Face had an alstual soundtrack album but in mono

lil Abner so called sountrack album was not the soundtrack at all but a stereo rerecording with different tempos, different otrchestrations etc.


The early song, IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS, is barely heard in the movie, only a few lines. However, The soundtrack album features the entire song. Many other differences as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2010 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

no.
White Christmaas had a semi soundtrack album - part soundtrack and part rerecording - and in mono.

Funny Face had an alstual soundtrack album but in mono

lil Abner so called sountrack album was not the soundtrack at all but a stereo rerecording with different tempos, different otrchestrations etc.


The early song, IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS, is barely heard in the movie, only a few lines. However, The soundtrack album features the entire song. Many other differences as well.


Joe, as I already stated, there were many differences, hence the stereo album could not be used.
If I hud my druthers has two verses on the record and only the second verse is in the film. Thre the orchestrations are alike !!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2010 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   GMP   (Member)

no.
White Christmaas had a semi soundtrack album - part soundtrack and part rerecording - and in mono.

Funny Face had an alstual soundtrack album but in mono

lil Abner so called sountrack album was not the soundtrack at all but a stereo rerecording with different tempos, different otrchestrations etc.


The early song, IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS, is barely heard in the movie, only a few lines. However, The soundtrack album features the entire song. Many other differences as well.


Joe, as I already stated, there were many differences, hence the stereo album could not be used.
If I hud my druthers has two verses on the record and only the second verse is in the film. Thre the orchestrations are alike !!


according to the screenplay the songs "Oh Happy Day" and "Unnecessary Town" were included (you can see the cut where "Unnecessary Town" takes place as the characters are in a different order from the prior shot. "Oh Happy Day" is also listed in the pressbook so it may have been a last minute cut. It came where Mammy is looking into the Crystal ball.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 3:32 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

For those who may be unaware of its availability, Masterworks Broadway has issued the LI'L ABNER soundtrack LP on CD-R, which is available on their website.

The film, which received mostly glowing reviews, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture; a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Musical; and a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album.



http://www.myplaydirect.com/masterworks-broadway/li-l-abner-original-soundtrack-score/details/29241205

The LI'L ABNER soundtrack was a bestseller and was even released in an improvisational jazz version by noted jazz drummer Shelly Manne, composer-pianist André Previn, and bassist Leroy Vinnegar. That LP was released on CD in 2003.



http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Jazz-Performances-Songs-Abner/dp/B00008AY66/ref=tmm_acd_title_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1398334647&sr=1-4-spell

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   cinemel1   (Member)

It's certainly nice to have the movie score of Li'l Abner on CD. However, the B'way cast recording is
superior, except for the fact that it's not in stereo. There are verses from the original that have been cut. In addition, the best song in the show, The Country's in the Very Best of Hands, is slightly abridged. Listen to the lyrics. It's amazing how things haven't changed much government-wise in
our good old USA. "The country's national debt is climbing' to the sky. And gov't expenditures have
never been so high". The song writers did an exceptional job of satirizing our Congress while composing an amazing toe-tapper. The stage version also has the added stereo version test recording of the amazing overture as well as the dance music of one of the songs.

 
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