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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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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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GREAT TRADITION HAS INSPIRED A GREAT PICTURE! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Trivia

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

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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Hatfields and McCoys in bluegrass country
9 March 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

Tarnation, that Loretta Young is a mighty purty filly, and she darn near always wears a fetchin' ribbon, or sprig o' ivy, in her hair t' show off this here newfangled Technicolor process, y'all. But warn't thar a War Between the States? No'm. Tha's why ya still got yer two kinds o' nigra. First, thar's yer field nigra -- when he's not happy 'n' singin' like a chil', he's lazy 'n' stealin'. Then thar's yer house nigras -- a right reg'lar passel o' Uncle Toms 'n' Aunt Jemimas.

Surely this is not intended to represent the reality of Kentucky in 1938? Which century is this supposed to be? Blacks in the '30's had good reason to be concerned about how they were portrayed in Hollywood films. Then there's the whole silliness of the film's basic premise -- feudin', mansion-dwelling, horse-breeding aristocrats. And I certainly don't want to hear "My Old Kentucky Home" again any time soon.

In spite of everything, this corn pone still managed to make for an entertaining horseracing yarn however. Yes'm, it did.

Moroni Olsen plays his usual stalwart patriarch, and Walter Brennan is convincingly cussed 'n' ornery.

There is an unusual documentary sequence in mid-film showing and extolling the great racehorses of Kentucky, Man-O'-War included. And all in glorious early Technicolor.


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