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.