Judge Priest 1934 PG CC

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Small-town Judge William "Billy" Priest (Rogers) in the old south stirs up the place with stinging humor and common-sense observances as he tangles with prejudices and civil injustices. Also, Judge Priest tries to play matchmaker between orphan Ellie May Gillespie (Louise) and his lawyer nephew Jerome Priest (Brown). Funny, warm slice of American 19th century life. One of three collaborations between Will Rogers and John Ford.

Starring:
Will Rogers, Tom Brown
Runtime:
1 hour 22 minutes

Judge Priest

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director John Ford
Starring Will Rogers, Tom Brown
Supporting actors Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Roger Imhof, Frank Melton, Charley Grapewin, Berton Churchill, Brenda Fowler, Francis Ford, Hattie McDaniel, Stepin Fetchit, Melba Brown, Thelma Brown, Vera Brown, Grace Goodall, Winter Hall, Pat Hartigan
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Fox has taken a very big chance on releasing such an expensive package.
calvinnme
Excellent example of early American cinema with an unvarnished look at life in the South in the post civil war to the turn of the century era.
John Redfearn
Judge Priest was a schemer from the get go and it all turns out for the best in the end.
D. Miles

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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2007
Format: DVD
Fox is certainly sticking its neck out with this uber-large uber-expensive release that has been talked about and expected for over a year. John Ford's career at Fox spanned thirty years and most of his best non-John Wayne films were made there. I don't provide much more than what came out in the press release below, mainly either because these films haven't been seen for years or they have been in wide release and even on DVD and their contents are very commonly known.

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Feature film with Dolby 5.0 Surround Sound and Spanish/French subtitles

The Iron Horse (1924) - George O'Brien stars in the story of the building of the Union Pacific Railroad
Two versions - U.K. and United States
Feature film with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and Spanish/French subtitles
Commentary by Author & Film Historian Robert Birchard (International only)
"Scoring The Past: The Iron Horse Sessions with Christopher Caliendo" featurette (International only)
Restoration comparison (International only)
Vintage program (International only)
Advertising gallery (International only)

3 Bad Men (1926) - stars George O'Brien in a saga of three outlaws of the wild west who become protectors of a little girl after her mother is killed. Sports some of Ford's great scenic long shots that his westerns are known for.
Feature film with Dolby 5.0 Surround Sound and Spanish/French subtitles

Four Sons (1928) - Three German brothers enlist in the German army during WWI, the fourth goes to America.
Feature film with Dolby Digital 5.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By N. Solon on January 4, 2008
Format: DVD
This set is impressive, no doubt. The collection of films is fantastic; the packaging looks nice, but it's all over the internet: the way the discs are secured damages them.

My set arrived-- with all of the discs on their spindles appropriately-- and EVERY ONE had significant scratches due to the method by which they were SCREWED ON to the spindles.

Were I the only person with this issue, I wouldn't score this set so poorly, but I have talked to dozens of people who purchased the set. Only ONE received his without significant scratching. I've tried contacting Fox, but they have been no help at all.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Carlos W. Wilson on July 2, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the first review for me--I do not usually make the time or have an inclination; nevertheless, I feel compelled after having purchased this version to warn future buyers that about 10 minutes of the film have been deleted from the original. One spot in particular is the poignant scene where Judge Priest is talking to his departed wife in their room as he stands before her picture. The early part is there, but then this version cuts abruptly to the cemetery scene. The full version gives greater depth to the character. I have no idea why this was felt necessary. What a dissapointment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Prichard on May 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a great period film depicting life in Kentucky after the Civil War and Reconstruction Period. It still shows the stereotypes and prejudices which existed at that time in a somewhat humorous manner. Based on a story by the noted Kentucky humorist, Irvin S. Cobb, it presents life as one would have imagined it at that time period.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Randy Keehn VINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
John Ford is my favorite director. I have no problem watching his movies a 9th and 10th time but I'm doing my best to see as many of his movies as I can. Recently I had a chance to see 5 movies of his that I hadn't seen before. Some were pretty good and I would put "Judge Priest" in that category. This is a movie about the post-Civil War South (in Kentucky). One man, Judge Priest, makes a difference in his community by standing fast for what he feels is right. He does so by his innocent "Aw Shucks" manner that threatens no one but gradually persuades many. The movie culminates in a trial that culminates in a brilliant testimony by a former Confederate officer that is the single scene highlight of the movie. Overall, I would actually rate this movie a 3 Star but for the first opportunity I've ever had to witness the style of the great American Humorist, Will Rogers. I know he is working from a script but one gets a pretty clear picture as to how this man rose to such popularity. Imagine that there was a movie that you could watch and hear Mark Twain in a leading role! That, more than the plot and even more than the director is the real greatness of "Judge Priest".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Miles on July 5, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I put this film, featuring Will Rogers, in the same category as "To Kill A Mockingbird." Rogers was a well known political humorist in his day. His acting seemed to come natural to him which is obvious in this film. Judge Priest was a schemer from the get go and it all turns out for the best in the end. Great Movie!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Redfearn on November 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Excellent example of early American cinema with an unvarnished look at life in the South in the post civil war to the turn of the century era. No high speed gimicks just rural down home values of a society in transition from the old South to the industrial revolution. This is a real keeper.
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