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Judge Priest (1934)

Will Rogers , Tom Brown , John Ford  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Judge Priest + Will Rogers Collection, Vol. One (Life Begins at 40 / In Old Kentucky / Doubting Thomas / Steamboat 'Round the Bend) + Will Rogers Collection, Vol. 2 (Ambassador Bill / David Harum / Mr. Skitch / Too Busy to Work)
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Product Details

  • Actors: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, Hattie McDaniels
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TTZTA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beloved humorist and political commentator Will Rogers stars as down-to-earth, Solomon-like Judge Priest, who presides over his post Civil War Kentucky courtroom with compassion and humor. His pride is wounded when a political rival forces him to remove himself from the bench in a controversial assault case. Nevertheless, "private citizen" Priest will take desperate measures to see that justice is served.

Will Rogers appeared in over 70 movies in addition to his success as a political commentator in his syndicated column. He was enormously popular at the time of his death in 1935 in a tragic plane crash. Legendary director John Ford shows his ability to powerfully portray basic American decency and honesty in the face of adversity in this early sound effort. Ford would go on to win a record four Best Director Oscars for The Informer (1935), The Grapes Of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Quiet Man (1952).

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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mother of all classic DVD sets is finally here October 3, 2007
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.

Just Pals (1920)- only 50 minutes long, stars Buck Jones as a small town fellow who befriends a homeless boy.
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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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid due to quality control issues! January 4, 2008
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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary cuts July 2, 2007
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Priest 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Classic November 3, 2008
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Ford and Will Rogers 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judging "Judge Priest" staring Will Rogers. July 5, 2011
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars In todays world we need more like Will Rogers
Will Rogers will keep you smiling for many years, please get to know Will and all his works, a true great American.
Published 14 days ago by D. R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining movie
so down th earth movie that will keep you laughing,there will never be another will rogers,watch the movie and enjoy it
Published 3 months ago by wayne clark
5.0 out of 5 stars What honer was all about
Rogers is always great, a classic of cleverness and shenanigans. the early years of a lot of the old actors and actresses.
Published 4 months ago by DrTex
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Judge Priest.....
Exceptional great old story of what America was when it was at it's very best, still morally decent and really was America without the"political correctness" trash by one... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig, Colorado
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Rogers is great in this classic
I enjoy the simplicity of old movies and the message it tells. I think this is a movie to share with your family.
Published 6 months ago by Joyce Ruybalid
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare movie
I was so pleased to find this available from Amazon as I had wanted to get it for my husband for quite awhile. Amazon is great for locating rare items at very competitive pricing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marjo
5.0 out of 5 stars An old classic film that is still interesting and enjoyable to watch
This is a beautiful and very moving black and white 1934 film starring Will Rogers as a wise judge who has the ability to manipulate people to do the right thing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Israel Drazin
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Rogers is excellent
Judge Priest is a classic example of the portrayal of Southern blacks in the 1930s. Stepin Fetchit does an excellent job playing Poindexter and making the audience believe he is a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melanie J. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Priest
I think this is the best Will Rogers films. He also felt that this film let him show off his acting. I must agree with him!
Published 11 months ago by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Rogers
Enjoyable, though dated, Rogers vehicle with the unobtrusive direction by Ford. A snapshot of a bygone era with attendant racial stereotypes,
Published 12 months ago by Buckmulligan
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