Kentucky (film)

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Directed by David Butler
Produced by Gene Markey
Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Lamar Trotti
John Taintor Foote
Starring Loretta Young
Richard Greene
Walter Brennan
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Ray Rennahan
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 30, 1938 (1938-12-30) (U.S.)
Running time
96 minutes
Language English

Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It was directed by David Butler, it is a Romeo and Juliet story of lovers Jack and Sally, set amidst Kentucky horseracing, in which a family feud goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by Sally's Uncle Peter.


During the Civil War, Thad Goodwin, Sr., (Charles Waldron) of Elmtree Farm, a local horse breeder resists Capt. John Dillon (Douglass Dumbrille) and a company of Union soldiers confiscating his prize horses, he is killed by Dillon and his youngest son Peter (Bobs Watson) cries at the soldiers riding away with the horses.

75 years later, in 1938, Peter (Walter Brennan) now a crotchety old man, still resides on Elmtree Farm and raises horses with his niece Sally (Loretta Young). Dillon's grandson Jack (Richard Greene) and Sally meet, her not knowing that he was a Dillon. Sally's father Thad Goodwin, Jr., dies when his speculation on cotton drops. The Goodwins are forced to auction off nearly all their horses and Jack offers his services to Sally, as a trainer of their last prize horse, "Bessie's Boy", who is later injured.

Sally eventually loses the farm, and Mr. Dillon makes good on his original bet with Thad Jr. and offers her any two-year-old on his farm. She picks "Blue Grass" instead of the favorite, "Postman", and Jack trains him for the Derby, she eventually learns of Jack's real identity and fires him as trainer. During the race, Blue Grass runs neck and neck with the Dillon's horse Postman, but Blue Grass wins thanks to Jack's advice. Sally embraces Jack, but Peter collapses before the decoration ceremony and dies, at his funeral, Dillon eulogizes him and of the American life of the past, as "The Grand Old Man of the American Turf".


As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):[1]

Actor Role
Loretta Young Sally Goodwin
Richard Greene Jack Dillon
Walter Brennan Peter Goodwin
Douglass Dumbrille John Dillon – 1861
Karen Morley Mrs. Goodwin – 1861
Moroni Olsen John Dillon – 1938
Russell Hicks Thad Goodwin Sr. – 1861
Willard Robertson Bob Slocum
Charles Waldron Thad Goodwin – 1938
George Reed Ben
Bobs Watson Peter Goodwin – 1861
Delmar Watson Thad Goodwin Jr. – 1861
Leona Roberts Grace Goodwin
Charles Lane Auctioneer
Charles B. Middleton Southerner

A full cast and production crew list is too lengthy to include, see: IMDb profile.[1]


Walter Brennan won his second Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) in his role as Peter Goodwin.


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