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Judge Priest (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 September 1934 (USA)
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Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky.

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Complete credited cast:
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Jerome Priest
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Ellie May Gillespie
Henry B. Walthall ...
Rev. Ashby Brand
David Landau ...
Bob Gillis
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Virginia Maydew
Roger Imhof ...
Frank Melton ...
Flem Talley
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Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
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Senator Horace Maydew
Brenda Fowler ...
Mrs. Caroline Priest
Francis Ford ...
Juror No. 12
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Aunt Dilsey (as Hattie McDaniels)
Stepin Fetchit ...
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Judge William "Billy" Priest lives in a very patriotic (Confederate) southern town. Priest plays a laid-back, widowed judge who helps uphold the law in his toughest court case yet. In the meantime, he plays matchmaker for his young nephew. Written by <marsattack@earthling.net>

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28 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juez  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Based on Irvin S. Cobb's character of 'Judge Priest'" was a compromise onscreen source credit. Fox wanted to use "Based on the Judge Priest Stories by Irwin S. Cobb," but Mr. Cobb objected because he had written over 70 stories, was still writing them, and the statement might inhibit future sales of them. See more »

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[first lines]
Judge William 'Billy' Priest: Hear! Hear! Hear! Court's called to order!
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Will Rogers' Dixie Drama
19 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Will Rogers stars in this backward glance at life in a small town of the deep South at the end of the 19th century, with its pleasures & joys, bigotries & suspicions.

Will is the local judge & champion of the social pariahs, not hesitant to stick his neck out to make a point or puncture a pompous ego. His unique brand of homespun humor is given ample scope to tickle our funny bone.

This is one of three films Will made with director John Ford, a remarkable collaboration. Others in the cast include Henry B. Walthal, Hattie McDaniel, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Stepin Fetchit, Berton Churchill, Charley Grapewin & Rochelle Hudson.

There is some racial stereotyping in the film, not at all unusual for 1934 Hollywood.


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