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Kentucky Kernels (1934)

 -  Comedy  -  2 November 1934 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Willie
Robert Woolsey ...
Elmer
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Gloria
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Spanky (as 'Spanky' McFarland)
Noah Beery ...
Colonel Wakefield
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Aunt Hannah (as Lucille LaVerne)
Willie Best ...
Buckshot (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
...
Mrs. Baxter
Louis Mason ...
Judge Ezra
Paul Page ...
Jerry Bronson
Frank McGlynn Jr. ...
Jeff Wakefield
Richard Alexander ...
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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One Little Kiss
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby
Performed by Bert Wheeler, Noah Beery, George 'Spanky' McFarland,
Robert Woolsey, Mary Carlisle and negro servants
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Wheeler and Woolsey in odd pre-code comedy...
18 December 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Any enjoyment you get from KENTUCKY KERNELS will depend on whether or not you can view the film in the context of its time and accept all of the foolishness with that in mind. Otherwise, it's not a particularly rewarding way to view Wheeler and Woolsey. Surely, their reputation was based on better material than this.

The thin plot has the boys adopting SPANKY McFARLAND from an orphanage run by MARGARET DUMONT. He's a cute little bundle but has a penchant for breaking glass at every opportunity--and the script gives him plenty of excuses. Unfortunately, most of the gags are the kind of one-liners that must have killed vaudeville, delivered in brisk style but corny nevertheless.

LUCILLE LaVERNE shows up as an old dowager (she was the voice for The Wicked Queen in Disney's "Snow White"), and MARY CARLISLE is the love interest for one of the boys. The politically correct will be insulted by the WILLIE BEST racial humor in scenes where the boys go south.

Strictly a product of its time, ending in a skirmish between a Hatfield and McCoy type of family feud.


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