Judge Priest

Judge Priest

Will Rogers
Director: John Ford Cast: Will Rogers
Will Rogers
, Tom Brown
Tom Brown
, Anita Louise
Anita Louise
John Ford


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Will Rogers stars as Judge William "Billy" Priest, the common-sense Kentucky jurist created by humorist Irvin S. Cobb. The Judge's easygoing manner bothers many of the self-righteous good citizens of his small 19th-century hometown, imperiling his chances for re-election. The anecdotal plot boils down to a single storyline involving orphaned Anita Louise, reclusive David Landau (secretly Louise's father), and young attorney Tom Brown.The testimony that saves Landau from a murder charge is delivered by Civil War veteran H.B. Walthall, whose stirring loyalty to the Confederacy inspires everyone in town to organize an impromptu parade! Some of the best scenes are highlighted by Will Rogers' affectionate rapport with stereotyped black-actors Stepin Fetchit and Hattie McDaniel, though these scenes are frequently removed from TV showings of Judge Priest due to their undeniably racist overtones. If you haven't guessed by the first frame of the film that John Ford was the director, you'll recognize Ford's personal stamp the moment Will Rogers kneels by his wife's grave and carries on a warm conversation with his long-departed bride. Ford would remake (and improve upon) Judge Priest in 1953 as The Sun Shines Bright, with Charles Winninger as the judge.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290224866
Original Release: 1934
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 37,505

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Rogers Judge William "Billy" Priest
Tom Brown Jerome Priest
Anita Louise Ellie May Gillespie
Henry B. Walthall Reverend Ashby Brand
Rochelle Hudson Virginia Maydew
David Landau Bob Gillis
Berton Churchill Senator Horace K. Maydew
Roger Imhof Billy Gaynor
Frank Melton Flem Tally
Charles Grapewin Sgt. Jimmy Bagby
Brenda Fowler Mrs. Caroline Priest
Francis Ford Juror No. 12
Hattie McDaniel Aunt Dilsey
Stepin Fetchit Jeff Poindexter
Grace Goodall Mrs. Maydew
Winter Hall Judge Fairleigh
Pat Hartigan Actor
Duke Lee Deputy
Margaret Mann Governess
Louis Mason Sheriff Birdsong
Paul McAllister Doc Lake
Matt McHugh Gabby Rives
Paul McVey Trimble
Hy Meyer Herman Feldsburg
Frank Moran Actor
Robert Parrish Actor
Vester Pegg Herringer
George H. Reed Servant
Constantine Romanoff Townsmen in Saloon
Ernie Shields Milan
Harry Tenbrook Actor
Harry Wilson Actor
Beulah Hall Jones Actor

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Irvin S. Cobb Original Story
William S. Darling Art Director
Samuel Kaylin Musical Direction/Supervision
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer,Songwriter
Dudley Nichols Songwriter,Screenwriter
George Schneiderman Cinematographer
Lamar Trotti Songwriter,Screenwriter
Sol Wurtzel Producer

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