It's no less than fitting that Will Rogers' last picture should be one of his best. In Old Kentucky is a delightful comedy.
It’s no less than fitting that Will Rogers’ last picture should be one of his best. In Old Kentucky is a delightful comedy.Although [the play by Charles T. Dazey was] first produced nearly 14 years earlier on Broadway and filmed at least twice since then, the story is far from dated on this trip. As a foil for Rogers and excellent on his own, Bill Robinson hoofs his way to importance. Despite not being a ‘picture’ dancer, such as Fred Astaire, with his hoofery confined to the feet, Robinson nevertheless commands attention by the artistry of his footwork. The Robinson stepping also gives Rogers a chance to go on the hoof and this is built into a comedy sequence that makes the picture a honey with or without the rest of the footage. Finale horse race reaches the customary happy conclusion, but a comedy switch strikes a different note in bangtail dramatics, with the crazy ‘rain-making’ machine inventor from the book hanging a hilarious tag on the climax.
In Old Kentucky
Fox. Director George Marshall; Producer Edward Butcher; Screenplay Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, Henry Johnson; Camera L. William O'Connell; Music Arthur Lange
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 85 MIN.
Will Rogers Dorothy Wilson Russell Hardie Charles Sellon Louise Henry Esther Dale