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Kentucky (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 30 December 1938 (USA)
Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter.

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Jack Dillon
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John Dillon - 1861 (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Mrs. Goodwin - 1861
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John Dillon - 1938
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Thad Goodwin Sr. - 1861
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Charles Waldron ...
Thad Goodwin - 1938
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Delmar Watson ...
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Grace Goodwin
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Auctioneer
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Southerner
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During the Civil War, two of the oldest families in Kentucy,the Dillons and the Goodwins, begin a long and bitter feud that has lasted into 1938. When Jack Dillon refuses to enter his father's banking business he,under an assumed name, gets a job as a trainer in Sally Goodwin's stables. A romance develops between them. When Sally's father dies, the entire estate---including the horses---has to be sold at auction to pay his debts. A note turns up left by Sally's father that according to a wager made between him and the elder Dillon, any one horse in the Dillon stable can be claimed by the Goodwins. Complications arise when Sally finds out that Jack is a Dillon. Written by Les Adams <longhorn'939@suddenlink.net>

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(FMC Library Print)

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Around three hundred African American extras were utilized throughout the course of this film. See more »

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Remade as Down Argentine Way (1940) See more »

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O Tannenbaum
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Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by the Band at the Kentucky Derby
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24 May 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Kentucky (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Fun film involves two horse racing families from Kentucky who have been doing battle since the start of the Civil War and it continues to the current times. Eventually opposite family members Loretta Young and Richard Greene fall in love just as the Kentucky Derby comes around where Greene tries to prove himself as a horse trainer. I was surprised to see how enjoyable thing film was and one of the big benefits is the Technicolor used in the film. These early Technicolor films are often hit and miss on how well they look but this film here is quite beautiful to look at. It's certainly one of the best looking early Technicolor films that I've seen from this period. Another nice thing are the performances, which are all a lot of fun. Neither Young nor Greene speak with a southern accent, although the screenplay gives a reason for Greene not doing so. Even with the accents being wrong, both work incredibly well together and this here helps the love story (and the fighting moments). Walter Brennan won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and he gives a fun, if over the top, performance. His redneck antics are pretty over the top but it's still fun and keeps the film moving with some nice laughs. Being from Kentucky it was great seeing how Churchill Downs looked back then as well. The stereotypes of the black servants in the film might offend some as they all come off rather dumb but so do the Southern characters.


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