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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sally Goodwin
... Jack Dillon
... Peter Goodwin
... John Dillon - 1861 (as Douglas Dumbrille)
... Mrs. Goodwin - 1861
... John Dillon - 1938
... Thad Goodwin Sr. - 1861
... Bob Slocum
Charles Waldron ... Thad Goodwin - 1938
... Ben
... Peter Goodwin - 1861
Delmar Watson ... Thad Goodwin Jr. - 1861
... Grace Goodwin
... Auctioneer
... Southerner
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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 »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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30 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Die goldene Peitsche  »

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(FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Shows color footage of the great Man o'War at the beginning of the film. See more »

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

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Old Folks at Home
(1851) (uncredited)
Also known as "Swanee River"
Written by Stephen Foster
Played during the opening credits
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Inventing Kentucky-Fried Clichés!
18 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Yankee ransacking prelude more or less spells out the eventuality that years later Young is going to fall for Greene and that their respective families are going to trample the path of true love. Quite literally, as the updated story is now played out against a bluegrass background.

Get yourself into Hollywood mode and dispense with the logistics of script and story, and instead enjoy everything else. The performances, even though they embody strictly cliché and (predictably racial) caricature, are still marvellous for those who love a Fox-style wallow - Brennan won that year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The film is generally well and pacily edited, and the racing sequences are particularly exciting.

The real star of this show though, for me, was the sublime photography which I can honestly say offered the most richest and well-preserved example of pre-40s 3-strip Technicolor I have so far seen. Even after more than 50 years, its luminescence (at least in this Channel 4 print) was breathtakingly striking and full of lustre, with yellow in particular registering far more strongly than I have previously seen in a 30s Technicolor movie, and natural outdoor verdance looking as if it had been sprayed with kiwi fruit dye. No doubt deployed deliberately to enhance the otherwise routine nature of the story, it would still take a considerable kick of horsepower to elevate the film to the grandeur of, say, 'Gone With The Wind', to which it bears more than a passing dramatic resemblance.


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