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In Old Kentucky

It's no less than fitting that Will Rogers' last picture should be one of his best. In Old Kentucky is a delightful comedy.

With:
Will Rogers Dorothy Wilson Russell Hardie Charles Sellon Louise Henry Esther Dale

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

Production: Fox. Director George Marshall; Producer Edward Butcher; Screenplay Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, Henry Johnson; Camera L. William O'Connell; Music Arthur Lange

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Will Rogers Dorothy Wilson Russell Hardie Charles Sellon Louise Henry Esther Dale

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