Kentucky

Kentucky

Director: David Butler, Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan

Cast: David Butler, Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan

     
 
The blue grass of Kentucky was seen in three-strip Technicolor for the first time in this rambling racetrack drama. Sally Goodwin (Loretta Young) falls in love with Jack Dillon (Richard Greene), but the arrangement is complicated by a decades-old feud. Sally's uncle Peter (Walter Brennan, who won his second Academy Award for this appearance) has hated Jack's family

Overview

The blue grass of Kentucky was seen in three-strip Technicolor for the first time in this rambling racetrack drama. Sally Goodwin (Loretta Young) falls in love with Jack Dillon (Richard Greene), but the arrangement is complicated by a decades-old feud. Sally's uncle Peter (Walter Brennan, who won his second Academy Award for this appearance) has hated Jack's family ever since sides were chosen up in the Civil War. Jack secretly trains Peter's horse for the Kentucky Derby, causing the old man to nearly withdraw from the event out of pique. All is forgiven when the horse wins, but Brennan dies of the excitement, and his eulogy is read by a member of the family with whom he'd been feuding for nearly 70 years.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It hasn't aged as well as the bourbon that shares its name, but Kentucky still has enough charm to make many viewers overlook its defects. The biggest one, related to the time in which it was made, is its stereotypical view of race relations; it's not as offensive as many other films from the 1930s, but there's enough here to make many viewers a bit uncomfortable. Kentucky's other big drawing card -- 3-strip Technicolor -- also is not the novelty it once was, but the colors here really are vivid and give the picture genuine beauty. And speaking of beauty, a youthful Loretta Young has rarely looked more enchanting. She fairly sparkles and is filled with a vivacity that is contagious. Her performance is every so slightly self-conscious in places; this was one of her first starring parts, and she's still feeling her way occasionally. But overall, it's a winning and lovely performance. Walter Brennan is also in fine form, even if his work is not necessarily Oscar-worthy, and Richard Greene makes a fine match for Young and reluctant sparring partner for Brennan. The screenplay -- an updating of Romeo and Juliet, basically -- varies in quality, but it's generally solid, and David Butler's well-paced direction takes advantage of the setting and the yummy colors to very good effect. Even if Kentucky is somewhat flawed, it does offer some rare glimpses of some incredibly gorgeous racehorses.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2014
UPC:
0024543934707
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
13,978

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Sally Goodwin
Richard Greene Jack Dillon
Walter Brennan Peter Goodwin
Douglas Dumbrille John Dillon, 1861
Karen Morley Mrs. Goodwin, 1861
Willard Robertson Bob Sloeum
George H. Reed Old Ben
Bobs Watson Peter Goodwin, 1861
Delmar Watson Thad Goodwin Jr: 1861
Leona Roberts Grace Goodwin
Charles Lane Auctioneer
Charles B. Middleton Southerner
Harry Hayden Racing Secretary
Robert Middlemass Track Official
Cliff Clark Melish
Frederick Burton Presiding Officer
Charles Trowbridge Doctor
Stanley Andrews Presiding Judge
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Boy
Chick Chandler Clerk
Edward Earle Man
John Elliott Purchaser
Margaret Irving Woman
Robert Lowery Dance Partner at Ball
Billy McClain Zeke
Walter Miller Cavalry Sergeant
John Nesbitt Commentator
Lee Shumway Sergeant
Joan Valerie Lucy Pemberton
Douglas Wood Race Track Patron
Thaddeus Jones Zeb
Moroni Olsen John Dillon II, 1937
Russell Hicks Thad Goodwin, Sr., 1861
Sul Te Wan Old Lily
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Groom
Lee Murray Palisades' Jockey

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
John Taintor Foote Screenwriter
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Gene Markey Producer
Irene Morra Editor
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Lamar Trotti Screenwriter
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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