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Judge Priest (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 September 1934 (USA)
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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Jerome Priest
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Ellie May Gillespie
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Rev. Ashby Brand
David Landau ...
Bob Gillis
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Virginia Maydew
Roger Imhof ...
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Flem Talley
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Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
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Senator Horace Maydew
Brenda Fowler ...
Mrs. Caroline Priest
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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)  »

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El juez  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Some characters were created exclusively for the film including Ellie May Gillespie, Jerome Priest, and Virginia Maydew. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judge William 'Billy' Priest: Hear! Hear! Hear! Court's called to order!
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Soundtracks

Aunt Dilsey's Song
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Lyrics by Dudley Nichols and Lamar Trotti
Sung a cappella by Hattie McDaniel
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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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