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Kentucky Kernels (1934)

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  • Actors: Robert Woolsey, George "Spanky" Mcfarland, Margaret Dumont Bert Wheeler
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007549VXG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey star with Our Gang's star "Spanky" McFarland in this riotous slapstick comedy. Out-of-work vaudevillians Willie (Wheeler) and Elmer (Woolsey) somehow become the guardians of Spanky McFarland and think they've come into a fortune when Spanky inherits a farm in Kentucky. What they don't know is that the farm sits directly in the line of fire in a feud between the Milfords and the Wakefields. Now, as Willie falls in love with the beautiful Gloria Wakefield (Mary Carlisle) and the pair manage to arrange a truce, young Spanky manages to reignite the war between the two families. It all adds up to "a good vehicle for the team with a great slapstick finale" (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kentucky Kernels April 16, 2012
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One of W & W's gentle comedies after the production code crack down in 1934. It's not as crazy as Cockeyed Cavaliers or Hips, Hips Hooray but it's enjoyable enough, and it's nice to see Spanky in a non Our Gang role. The best thing about this version is the print used for the transfer. Kernels has been available since the early 1990's on VHS and Laser Disc, and those transfers are good but the new DVR is amazing. A new 35mm positive print seems to have been used, and there is some minor pre print wear but it's as sharp as a tack. It even has the Production Code and NRA logo at the head. The best thing about these DVR's is the fact that DVNR is not used. You get a direct 35mm transfer without the heavy handed DVNR some companies use to "restore" prints. Worth every penny. Now how about releasing "Cockeyed Cavaliers" and "The Nitwits"...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two kernels head South March 21, 2014
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Right after Wheeler & Woolsey reached their zenith with "Cockeyed Cavaliers", the boys ended 1934 with this little gem. The cast includes some familiar faces in Noah Beery (as the Colonel) & Margaret Dumont (on loan from the Marx Brothers; her role here is regretfully short). But what makes "Kentucky Kernels" really pop is Bert & Bob's co-star: any picture with scene-stealing Spanky "Our Gang" McFarland can't be all bad. The boys play down-on-their-luck vaudevillians who suddenly inherit little Spanky who inherits some Kentucky land. And so, they head down South, run afoul of the Colonel, Bert falls for the Colonel's daughter, and land themselves in the middle of a longtime feud between the Milfords & Wakefields.
The running gag with Spanky's compulsion of breaking glass gets lots of laughs as it puts poor Bert & Bob in hot water with authority figures. It's all climaxed by one of the most riotous W&W endings, including a wild ride on a carriage pulled by a moonshine-drunken horse, and the machine gun gag that's one of their cleverest moments. The closing gag with Bob deliberately driving through a glass house is a fitting ending.
Definitely one of their best! And P.S.---PLEASE release "Cockeyed Cavaliers" to DVD!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 19, 2014
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Hilarious Hit!
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