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Kentucky Kernels (1934)

Approved | | Comedy | 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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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Robert Woolsey ...
Elmer
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Gloria
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Spanky (as 'Spanky' McFarland)
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Colonel Wakefield
Lucille La Verne ...
Aunt Hannah (as Lucille LaVerne)
Willie Best ...
Buckshot (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
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Mrs. Baxter
Louis Mason ...
Judge Ezra
Paul Page ...
Jerry Bronson
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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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When the bullets start to fly, suh...YOU'LL JUST DIE, SUH! See more »

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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 »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
In the score when 'Spanky' sits on Elmer's lap
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Old-Fashioned Fun
24 October 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Always enjoy Wheeler & Woolsey, even if their movie output is uneven; some are very funny, some are not so. I thought this one was pretty funny and that it succeeds due to the professional direction of George Stevens.

It is old-fashioned in that much of the humor consists of what must be old corny vaudeville jokes, sight gags and outrageous puns, all of which might not go over with today's audiences. Speaking for myself I can appreciate such antiquated antics, and I can also put into context outdated racial humor, such as found here in Willie Best's character. He plays his usual slow-talking, pop-eyed servant ("feets, do yo' duty!") by which he became famous.

Spanky McFarland was always a cute little kid and doesn't disappoint here. And this maybe the only time Noah Beery,Sr. sings on screen, and takes a turn along with everybody else singing a Kalmar-Ruby song "One Little Kiss", a very tuneful number written for this picture. Some reviewers take issue with the inane plot, about two feuding Kentucky families, but c'mon, folks. It's just a Wheeler & Woolsey comedy; were you expecting Ingmar Bergman?


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