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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 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

Shows color footage of the great Man o'War at the beginning of the film. See more »

Connections

Remade as Down Argentine Way (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional German Christmas carol
Played by the Band at the Kentucky Derby
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If you love horses, this is the film for you
24 April 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Loretta Young, Richard Greene and Walter Brennan star in "Kentucky," a 1938 film about a longstanding dispute between two families, horses and the Kentucky Derby. Well directed by David Butler, the film was made in beautiful color.

The film begins during the Civil War, when young Peter watches as the Yankees take the thoroughbred horses from the Goodwin farm and kill his father when he tries to stop them. He never forgets that the Yankee Dillon family is responsible and 75 years later (as Walter Brennan) still hasn't forgiven them. Now in his 80s, he lives with his son, his wife and daughter on the farm where they train and breed thoroughbreds. The farm is in trouble, and when his son can't get a loan from the bank (presided over by his Dillon contemporary), he dies, leaving Sally (Young) his heir. Everything is sold off except for one horse, which is ruined for racing one night when Sally has to ride in the rain to get a doctor for her mother - the road is blocked by a tree so she can't drive. However, due to a bet Dillon and Goodwin made, Dillon has written a note offering any two-year old on his farm to Goodwin. Sally claims the horse for her father, a horse chosen by Uncle Peter. The younger Dillon (Greene), angry with his family, gives Sally a false name and offers to train the horse for her. The two fall in love.

Were it not for World War II, Richard Greene today might be on the list of stars of the classic era. He was getting the star buildup by 20th Century Fox and would have been a rival for Tyrone Power, but when war broke out in England, he returned to serve his country, losing all his career momentum. With his wavy black hair, widow's peak and dazzling smile, the handsome Greene resembles Robert Taylor in this film and is a good pairing with the beautiful Loretta Young. The great performance comes from Walter Brennan. Someone posted that he was 38 playing a man in his 60s. No, he wasn't. The film clearly states that it's 75 years since the Civil War, making Uncle Peter, who was about 10 when the soldiers arrived, nearer to 85. Brennan pulls it off. He won an Oscar for his performance. The film boasts some exciting racing scenes as well as a good story.

Brennan gives a great performance, and the romantic stars are attractive, but the true stars of "Kentucky" are the most magnificent horses you've ever seen. Although the trivia section of IMDb doesn't state it, those horses must have come from some thoroughbred farm. It's not only horses, but beautiful foals and colts. If you like horses, this movie is a no-miss. The animals are jaw-dropping, even better looking than Richard Greene and Loretta Young.


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