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Kentucky Kernels

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Though not the best of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey's starring vehicles, Kentucky Kernels turned out to be the team's biggest financial success. Wheeler and Woolsey star as unemployed vaudevillians Willie and Elmer, who through a series of convoluted circumstances become the guardians of mischievous orphan Spanky Milford Spanky McFarland. The boys get into plenty of trouble thanks to Spanky's predilection for breaking windows, but worse is to come: When it turns out that Spanky has inherited the Milford ...
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Overview

Though not the best of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey's starring vehicles, Kentucky Kernels turned out to be the team's biggest financial success. Wheeler and Woolsey star as unemployed vaudevillians Willie and Elmer, who through a series of convoluted circumstances become the guardians of mischievous orphan Spanky Milford Spanky McFarland. The boys get into plenty of trouble thanks to Spanky's predilection for breaking windows, but worse is to come: When it turns out that Spanky has inherited the Milford homestead in Kentucky, our heroes find themselves smack in the middle of an old-fashioned mountain feud. Elmer manages to arrange a d├ętente between the warring Milfords and Wakefields, but thanks to the precocious Spanky, the feud resumes -- much to the dismay of Willie, who's fallen in love with gorgeous Gloria Wakefield Mary Carlisle. Willie and Elmer manage to stave off the hostile Wakefields by substituting berries for bullets, but the story doesn't come to a conclusion until the boys are nearly knocked off by a firing squad. Praised to hilt for being "cleaner" than the previous Wheeler-Woolsey epics, Kentucky Kernels seems disappointing today when compared to the team's classic Diplomaniacs and Hips Hips Hooray; additionally, Spanky McFarland sabotages several potentially hilarious sequences with the most obnoxious performance of his career. Even so, the film is consistently entertaining, especially during the delightful Bert Kalmar-Harry Ruby musical number "One Little Kiss," performed by everyone in the cast from Wheeler and Woolsey to Noah Beery Sr!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2012
  • UPC: 883316449516
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 74,930

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bert Wheeler Willie
Robert Woolsey Elmer
Mary Carlisle Gloria Wakefield
George "Spanky" McFarland Spanky
Noah Beery Sr. Col. Wakefield
Lucille La Verne Hannah Milford
Sleep 'n' Eat Buckshot
William Pawley John Wakefield
Louis Mason Col. Ezra Milford
Frank McGlynn Jr. Jess Wakefield
Richard Alexander Hank Wakefield
Paul Page Jerry Bronson
Margaret Dumont
Technical Credits
George Stevens Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Fred Guiol Screenwriter
Bert Kalmar Screenwriter
Lee Marcus Producer
James Morley Editor
Harry Ruby Screenwriter
H.N. Swanson Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kentucky Kernels
1. Chapter 1 [1:22]
2. Chapter 2 [1:39]
3. Chapter 3 [4:21]
4. Chapter 4 [1:43]
5. Chapter 5 [3:57]
6. Chapter 6 [1:32]
7. Chapter 7 [1:46]
8. Chapter 8 [4:06]
9. Chapter 9 [2:25]
10. Chapter 10 [2:11]
11. Chapter 11 [1:41]
12. Chapter 12 [2:45]
13. Chapter 13 [1:40]
14. Chapter 14 [2:36]
15. Chapter 15 [1:49]
16. Chapter 16 [1:27]
17. Chapter 17 [2:12]
18. Chapter 18 [:40]
19. Chapter 19 [:59]
20. Chapter 20 [1:56]
21. Chapter 21 [1:45]
22. Chapter 22 [2:09]
23. Chapter 23 [1:45]
24. Chapter 24 [2:34]
25. Chapter 25 [2:03]
26. Chapter 26 [2:07]
27. Chapter 27 [1:16]
28. Chapter 28 [2:46]
29. Chapter 29 [3:30]
30. Chapter 30 [2:42]
31. Chapter 31 [1:40]
32. Chapter 32 [1:57]
33. Chapter 33 [2:09]
34. Chapter 34 [2:17]
35. Chapter 35 [:23]
36. Chapter 36 [:45]
37. Chapter 37 [:32]
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