In Old Kentucky (1927 film)

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In Old Kentucky
In Old Kentucky lobby card 2.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by John M. Stahl
Written by Lew Lipton
Marian Ainslee (titles)
Ruth Cummings (titles)
Screenplay by A. P. Younger
Lew Lipton
Story by A. P. Younger
Based on In Old Kentucky
by Charles T. Dazey
Starring Helene Costello
James Murray
Cinematography Max Fabian
Edited by Margaret Booth
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 20, 1927 (1927-11-20)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

In Old Kentucky is a 1927 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by John M. Stahl.[1] The film was based on the popular 1893 play of the same name by Charles T. Dazey and stars Helene Costello and James Murray.[2] In Old Kentucky also features an early performance by Lincoln Perry who later became known as Stepin Fetchit. The performance proved to be a breakthrough for Perry who signed a five-year contract with Fox Film Corporation shortly after the film's release.[3]

The film is a remake of the 1919 film of the same name which was M-G-M studio head Louis B. Mayer's first production as an independent producer.[4] The play was adapted for the screen a third time in 1935 starring Will Rogers in one of his final film appearances.[5]



  1. ^ White Munden, Kenneth, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press. p. 378. ISBN 0-520-20969-9. 
  2. ^ Bordman, Gerald; Hischak, Thomas S. (2004). The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. Oxford University Press. p. 331. ISBN 0-195-16986-7. 
  3. ^ Petro, Patrice, ed. (2010). Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s. Rutgers University Press. p. 243. ISBN 0-813-54929-9. 
  4. ^ Sragow, Michael (2013). Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master. University Press of Kentucky. p. 38. ISBN 0-813-14443-4. 
  5. ^ Maturi, Richard J.; Buckingham Maturi, Mary (1999). Will Rogers, Performer: An Illustrated Biography With a Filmography. McFarland. p. 174. ISBN 0-786-40637-2. 

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