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Kentucky (1938)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  30 December 1938 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Greene ...
Jack Dillon
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John Dillon - 1861 (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Karen Morley ...
Mrs. Goodwin - 1861
Moroni Olsen ...
John Dillon - 1938
Russell Hicks ...
Thad Goodwin Sr. - 1861
Willard Robertson ...
Bob Slocum
Charles Waldron ...
Thad Goodwin - 1938
George Reed ...
Ben
Bobs Watson ...
Delmar Watson ...
Thad Goodwin Jr. - 1861
Leona Roberts ...
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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die goldene Peitsche  »

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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 28, 1945 with Walter Brennan reprising his film role. See more »

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Remade as Down Argentine Way (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night
(1853) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played during the opening scene and occasionally throughout the picture
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Kentucky-Family Feuds Make for Great Memorable Filming ***1/2
1 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrific film dealing with the horse racing scene in Kentucky.

We are taken from the beginning of the civil war, when generations of feuding between families begin when a Goodwin is killed by a Dillon during the taking of horses for the union army.

The film then jumps to 1938 and the generations that followed these families. Naturally, Loretta Young and Richard Greene will become lovers and are from the different families with Greene hiding his Dillon name.

Walter Brennan is absolutely magnificent here as the older Peter Dillon, who cried hysterically at the time of his father's murder in 1861. He plays a crusty, cantankerous individual with a rare knowledge of horse breeding and with it all, a wonderful human heart. His Academy Award as best supporting actor was extremely well deserved here.

The blue grass of Kentucky was never more enjoyable in this sprawling film of great memories of a bygone era.


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