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Judge Priest 1934

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4.4 out of 5 stars (48) IMDb 6.5/10

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, 20 minutes

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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Judge Priest is a gem.

It is one of 3 collaborations between John Ford and Will Rogers. The film, like all of Rogers's work, has charm and image of 19th Century american values. Another, also released in 1935, is In Old Kentucky. Commentator Eyman says taken together, the 3 Ford-Rogers films (Judge Priest, Dr. Boles, and Steamboat) rank with Ford's finest achievements.

Will Rogers has been compared to Mark Twain for his humor.

After Rogers' tragic death in 1935, people in 12,000 theaters observed two minutes of silence.
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Will Rogers is wonderful in this. Some people may be offended because of some stereotypes, buti it is worth watching more than once.. The movie tskes place in the post civil war era and has comedy and drama. It's just a good movie.
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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. It is a classic John Ford film that is very well done, with superb comedic acting. It also stars Stephen Fetcher, the famed black actor of the 1930s who played a stereotypical foolish and bumbling black man. The story takes place in Kentucky in the 1890 when the town inhabitants are still thinking about the civil war. It is a comedy and a drama. Judge Priest wants to help his nephew marry a beautiful and charming girl. He nephew's mother does not want him to marry a girl whose father is unknown. While the film is quite old and portrays blacks as foolish people who love to sing and dance, it is still worth watching and enjoying.
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