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Kentucky Kernels (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 November 1934 (USA)
The Great Elmer and Company, two out-of-work magicians, help lovelorn Jerry Bronson adopt Spanky Milford, to distract him. When Bronson makes up and elopes, the pair are stuck with the ... See full summary »

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Elmer
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Gloria
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Spanky (as 'Spanky' McFarland)
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Colonel Wakefield
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Aunt Hannah (as Lucille LaVerne)
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Buckshot (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
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Mrs. Baxter
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Judge Ezra
Paul Page ...
Jerry Bronson
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Jeff Wakefield
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Hank Wakefield
William Pawley ...
John Wakefield
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The Great Elmer and Company, two out-of-work magicians, help lovelorn Jerry Bronson adopt Spanky Milford, to distract him. When Bronson makes up and elopes, the pair are stuck with the little boy. But Spanky inherits a Kentucky fortune, so they head south to Banesville, where the Milfords and Wakefields are conducting a bitter feud. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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They've picked up the cash; the question is will they live long enough to spend it? See more »

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2 November 1934 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Supper Song
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Performed by Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey at the supper
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another zany Wheeler/Woolsey comedy
4 January 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Kentucky Kernels is another Wheeler/Woolsey comedy, where they decide to adopt Spanky (the same Spanky McFarland from the "Our Gang" show.) They go down south to visit the Colonel (Noah Beery) and Aunt Hannah ( Lucille LaVerne ) and meet up with the lovely Gloria Wakefield (Mary Carlisle) and the feuding Milfords. The plot is kind of all over the place, but we do get a good dose of Wheeler and Woolsey's standup comedy act along the way. Cast includes Willie Best ( Sleep N Eat ) as Buckshot; Director George Stevens sure did some of the great ones (A Place in the Sun, Diary of Anne Frank, Gunga Din). Some other interesting film connections - Viewers will spot Margaret Dumont (as Mrs. Baxter, head of the Children Welfare League), who made all those movies with the Marx Brothers. Writers Kalmar and Ruby had also written material for the Marx Brothers. Also, Mary Carlisle and Noah Beery's brother Wallace were both in Grand Hotel in 1932. Fun comedy, but pretty wacky and zany. Made at the beginning cusp of the production code in 1934, there are quite a few scenes and jokes that show two men are living together, sleeping in the same bed, keeping house, and adopting a child... pretty far ahead of its time!


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