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In Old Kentucky (1935)

 -  Comedy  -  28 November 1935 (USA)
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Horse trainer Steve Tapley is caught between the feuding Martingale and Shattuck families. He sides with young Nancy Martingale and her grandfather Ezra, and the feud is to be resolved by a... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Wilson ...
Russell Hardie ...
Dr. Lee Andrews
Charles Sellon ...
Ezra Martingale
Louise Henry ...
Arlene Shattuck
Esther Dale ...
Dolly Breckenridge
Alan Dinehart ...
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Horse trainer Steve Tapley is caught between the feuding Martingale and Shattuck families. He sides with young Nancy Martingale and her grandfather Ezra, and the feud is to be resolved by a horse race between the favorites of each family. Unfortunately, the Martingale's horse, Greyboy, only runs well in mud. And it hasn't rained in a long time. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Yet another 1930s horse racing film....but it IS better than most of the rest.
17 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Warning: Modern Sensibilities Alert! This film is very politically incorrect with various depictions of Blacks that are bound to offend many viewers. Words like 'boy', Will Rogers doing a black-face routine and lawn jockeys abound in the film. Considering the times, none of this is all that surprising and you can't just pretend such movies never existed. I suggest you watch it forewarned and appreciate how times have changed.

This is Will Rogers' final performance and it actually premiered after he met his untimely death. It's a shame, really, as it's a nice old film and he made several nice comedies in the early to mid-1930s. He plays a horse trainer, though his overall demeanor is quite similar to characters he played in films such as "Judge Priest" and his other films--laid back and full of horse sense! The film is about a horse named Greyboy. He's a great racing prospect but is hurt early in the film--and the Martingale fortunes appear to be sunk as a result. But, if things can work out just right, Greyboy MIGHT just be able to come back and win "the big race"--an old cliché, I know. Along the way, there is a crazy grandfather who seems gun-happy, the black-face scene which is funny (and tacky) and a feud with a neighboring family.

Much of the film rests squarely on Rogers and he did a lovely job in the film. As for the rest of the cast, they are quite capable but mostly lesser-known actors. And as far as the Crazy Grandpa act goes, you'll either love him or you'll hate him because he certainly is NOT subtle! Overall, quite enjoyable fluff.

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