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Kentucky Moonshine (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 May 1938 (USA)
Tony Martin goes to Kentucky to find talent to boost radio ratings. There it is learned that the Ritz brothers are really from New York and only pretending to be hillbillies to get on Martin's show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Ritz ...
Harry Ritz (as Ritz Brothers)
Jimmy Ritz ...
Jimmy Ritz (as Ritz Brothers)
Al Ritz ...
Al Ritz (as Ritz Brothers)
Jerry Wade
Hank Hatfield
Reef Hatfield
Wally Vernon ...
Gus Bryce
Eddie Collins ...
'Spats' Swanson
Paul Stanton ...
Mortimer Hilton
Mary Treen ...
'Sugar' Hatfield
Grandpa Hatfield
Gwen Brian ...
Member of Vocal Specialty Trio (as The Brian Sisters)


Radio star Jerry Wade's program ratings are falling and he suggests to his sponsors a show that is different and he goes to Kentucky to find an idea. Caroline, a Kentucky girl in New York trying to crash into radio, learns of Wade's quest and takes her three friends, Harry, Jimmy and Al Ritz, also aspiring to show-business fame, to Kentucky with her, where Wade discovers them in beards, guns, feuds, moonshine and every cliché that fits hillbillies. He stages a broadcast from the hills, which is not heard because of technical difficulties. He takes the whole troupe back to New York with him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caipiras da Fuzarca  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ritz off the Marx
31 July 2007 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Darry Zannuck signed the Ritz Brothers when he saw them in a night club.One can only assume that he wanted them as a sort of challenge to the Marx Brothers.The trouble is that on their own the Ritz Brothers were simply not that funny.Individually and together the Marx Brothers were funny.The worst of their films is better than the best ritz brothers films.In this film i get the feeling that at times it becomes a bit like a 3 Stooges film but without the laughs.Having said that i do rather like the Ritz Brothers,and their imitations,dance and musical numbers at the end of the film at least end the film on a high.The rest of the film is rather dull and regardless of Tony Martin or Marjorie Weaver it is the Ritz brothers name above the title so they must take the blame if the film is not up to scratch.

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