|Directed by||David Butler|
|Produced by||Gene Markey
Darryl F. Zanuck
|Written by||Lamar Trotti
John Taintor Foote
|Music by||Louis Silvers|
|Edited by||Irene Morra|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||96 min|
Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It was directed by David Butler. It is a Romeo and Juliet story of lovers Jack and Sally, set amidst Kentucky horseracing, in which a family feud goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by Sally's Uncle Peter.
During the Civil War, Thad Goodwin (Charles Waldron) of Elmtree Farm, a local horse breeder resists Capt. John Dillon (Douglass Dumbrille) and a company of Union soldiers confiscating his prize horses. He is killed by Dillon and his youngest son Peter (Bobs Watson) cries at the soldiers riding away with the horses.
75 years later, in 1938, Peter (Walter Brennan) now a crotchety old man, still resides on Elmtree Farm and raises horses with his niece Sally (Loretta Young). Dillon's grandson Jack (Richard Greene) and Sally meet, her not knowing that he was a Dillon. Peter Goodwin dies when his speculation on cotton drops. The Goodwins are forced to auction off nearly all their horses and Jack offers his services to Sally, as a trainer of their last prize horse, "Bessie's Boy", who falls ill.
Sally eventually loses the farm, and Mr. Dillon makes good on his original bet with Thad and offers her any two-year old on his farm. She picks "Blue Grass" instead of the favorite, "Postman", and Peter trains him for the Derby. She eventually learns of Jack's real identity. During the race, Blue Grass runs neck and neck with the Dillon's horse Postman, but Blue Grass wins. Sally embraces Jack, but Peter collapses before the decoration ceremony and dies. At his funeral, Dillon eulogizes him and of the American life of the past, as "The Grand Old Man of the American Turf".
Walter Brennan won his second Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) in his role as Peter Goodwin.
As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):
|Loretta Young||Sally Goodwin|
|Richard Greene||Jack Dillon|
|Walter Brennan||Peter Goodwin|
|Douglass Dumbrille||John Dillon – 1861|
|Karen Morley||Mrs. Goodwin – 1861|
|Moroni Olsen||John Dillon – 1938|
|Russell Hicks||Thad Goodwin Sr. – 1861|
|Willard Robertson||Bob Slocum|
|Charles Waldron||Thad Goodwin – 1938|
|Bobs Watson||Peter Goodwin – 1861|
|Delmar Watson||Thad Goodwin Jr. – 1861|
|Leona Roberts||Grace Goodwin|
|Charles B. Middleton||Southerner|
A full cast and production crew list is too lengthy to include, see: IMDb profile.
- Kentucky at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Kentucky at the Internet Movie Database
- Kentucky (film) at the TCM Movie Database
- Kentucky at AllMovie