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Kentucky Jubilee (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 18 May 1951 (USA)
A Hollywood film-director has been sent to Hickory Kentucky to find material and acts for a hill-billy picture.He is kidnapped by henchmen of a big-town city slicker who has taken over the ... See full summary »

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Jeff Benson
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Rudolph 'Rudi' Jouvet
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Ben White
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Mugsy
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Mayor Horace Tilbury
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Touhy
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Barney Malone
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T.J. Hoarsely
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Millie - Cashier
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Steve Frome
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Barker
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A Hollywood film-director has been sent to Hickory Kentucky to find material and acts for a hill-billy picture.He is kidnapped by henchmen of a big-town city slicker who has taken over the operation of the town's annual jubilee..mostly using bottom-of-the-barrel acts from the swamps of Florida. A Hollywood trade-paper reporter, sent to cover the event, finally thwarts the gang's plans to loot the civic coffers and the local bank. Jerry Colonna, between the 15 staging of acts from Florida that killed vaudeville, flits in and out as a hired emcee, who also gets kidnapped. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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old-time, small-town vaudeville review, w/ crime plot grafted on
7 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Kentucky Jubilee is a valuable film historically because it captures the waning days of vaudeville, when it still had some hold in the small towns of rural America, and presents artists who would NEVER have been seen in a major-studio production. While the film has a tongue-in-cheek crime plot involving Jimmie "Shamrock" Ellison and Raymond Hatton (both fresh from the Monogram Johnny Mack Brown series AND the six Lippert westerns that director Ron Ormond shot in one month the year before), the centerpoint of the film is a number of unsophisticated vaudeville routines--cornpone comics, contortionists, country duo singers, etc. The host of the show and a character in the "frame story" also is bug-eyed in-your-face comedian Jerry Colonna, probably remembered best for his time with the late Bob Hope. That Lippert Pictures would release films such as this and a minstrel show film as late as 1951 says a lot about the small-town audiences who consumed Lippert films (there's an interesting section on the minstrel show film in Nick Tosches' book about Emmett Miller). Ellison has always been a charming leading man and Hatton is a seasoned pro (dating back to the silent era!) always worth watching, plus the film is a who's-who of late 40s b-movie supporting players, from Vince Barnett to Fritz Feld to Michael Whalen and Jack Dietzen. So if you find a Ron Ormond-directed vaudeville film with Jimmie "Shamrock" Ellison a tempting proposition, this film is for you. Those interested in the history of popular entertainment should also find it worthwhile...and it's not a bad way to waste 70 minutes.


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