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 »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Dorothy Wilson ...
...
...
Ezra Martingale
...
Arlene Shattuck
...
Dolly Breckenridge
...
Slick Doherty
Charles Richman ...
Pole Shattuck
Etienne Girardot ...
Pluvius J. Aspinwall, the Rainmaker
...
Sheriff
...
Wash Jackson
Greyboy the Horse ...
Greyboy
Edit

Storyline

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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dois Campeões  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final movie performance of Will Rogers. Released posthumously. See more »

Connections

Version of In Old Kentucky (1909) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Last Flight for Will Rogers
31 December 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Folksy horse trainer Will Rogers (as Steve Tapley) tends to a feudin' family, promotes young romance, and helps get "Greyboy" the horse ready to run in the Big Race. "In Old Kentucky" is most notable as the last Will Rogers film released. His death in a plane crash on August 15, 1935 shocked the nation (and much of the world). At the time, Mr. Rogers was one of Hollywood's most popular movie star. He was in the Quigley Publications "Top Ten Money-Making Stars" from 1932-1935.

When Rogers died, the studio had two finished films - "In Old Kentucky" was released after, but finished before "Steamboat Round the Bend". The studio wasn't sure how mourners would receive the films, but both were big hits. For two decades, Rogers had managed to conquer all entertainment mediums, no matter how unlikely; unable to use his distinctive voice in silent films, he thrilled viewers with rope tricks. He would have likely headed 1940s war efforts and worked in 1950s television.

While well-received, this film is no more than mediocre. The reasons to watch are to see Rogers and the cast in a good mood, with occasional moments. Like Al Jolson, Rogers could get away with ethnic humor, but the "black-face" routine herein doesn't work. The toothy grin from expert dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (as Wash Jackson) and shoot-from-the-hip hillbilly Charles Sellon (Ezra Martingale) are more subtle instances of the same. If you can get past the times, they are enjoyable.

***** In Old Kentucky (11/28/35) George Marshall ~ Will Rogers, Charles Sellon, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Wilson


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss In Old Kentucky (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?