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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.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screen play), John Taintor Foote (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Sally Goodwin
Richard Greene ... Jack Dillon
Walter Brennan ... Peter Goodwin
Douglass Dumbrille ... 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 Charles Waldron ... Thad Goodwin - 1938
George Reed ... Ben
Bobs Watson ... Peter Goodwin - 1861
Delmar Watson ... Thad Goodwin Jr. - 1861
Leona Roberts ... Grace Goodwin
Charles Lane ... Auctioneer
Charles Middleton ... Southerner
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A glorious tradition inspires a great picture...and the romance of the BLUE GRASS COUNTRY! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

Quotes

Peter Goodwin: Every day's a good day for racing!
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #11.23 (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by the Band at the Kentucky Derby
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User Reviews

Good Film
24 May 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die goldene Peitsche See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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