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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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Complete credited cast:
Jerome Priest
Ellie May Gillespie
Rev. Ashby Brand
David Landau ...
Bob Gillis
Virginia Maydew
Roger Imhof ...
Flem Talley
Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
Senator Horace Maydew
Brenda Fowler ...
Mrs. Caroline Priest
Juror No. 12
Aunt Dilsey (as Hattie McDaniels)
Stepin Fetchit ...


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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Enough laughs to make your head spin! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

28 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juez  »

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(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Stepin Fetchit reprised his role for the 1953 remake, The Sun Shines Bright (1953). See more »


[first lines]
Judge William 'Billy' Priest: Hear! Hear! Hear! Court's called to order!
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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
Sung offscreen by an unidentified voice
Played also in the score
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Simple mastery, masterful simplicity: a great work
8 August 2003 | by (Adelaide, South Australia) – See all my reviews

John Ford adopts and works within the conventions of this homespun genre. As he did with the genre of every film he made. Yes, racial stereotyping -- but Ford knew it was, and let you see it for what it was. Yes, sentimental and corny, but knowing and loving that way, presenting it for what you the viewer want to make of it.

After seventy years, still so funny, so affectionate, so insightful. And topical for 2003: is there any better depiction of populist politics, or expression of faith in the democratic mystery of the common man?

The art that conceals art. Try to see it on a film-projected screen. I'm off to look at THE SUN SHINES BR

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