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Judge Priest
- Will Rogers

Overview - In a 1972 interview, John Ford claimed that this slice of Americana, starring Will Rogers as the title character, was his favorite among his films. Certainly Rogers rarely found a part better suited to him than that of this humorous, commonsensical small-town justice.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In a 1972 interview, John Ford claimed that this slice of Americana, starring Will Rogers as the title character, was his favorite among his films. Certainly Rogers rarely found a part better suited to him than that of this humorous, commonsensical small-town justice. Essentially a string of anecdotes connected by the humor of the judge, JUDGE PRIEST features a plot that revolves around the legitimacy of Ellie May Gillespie (Anita Louise), a pretty orphan sought after by the judge's nephew, Rome (Tom Brown), a young lawyer. During a warm (quintessentially Fordian) monologue at his wife's grave, the judge glimpses local blacksmith Bob Gillis (David Landau) putting flowers by the grave of Ellie May's mother. When the aging Gillis gets into a brawl with three young men after they've cast public aspersion on Ellie May's virtue, the leader of the young men, Talley (Frank Melton), takes Gillis to court. Since Rome is defending Gillis, Judge Priest must excuse himself from the process. Despite Rome's best efforts, Gillis refuses to reveal his motives for defending the girl's reputation. Perhaps only Judge Priest can solve the problem. The highlight of this extremely enjoyable character-based comedy is the performance of the great monologuist Rogers, who spreads his wings wide in a role where he is basically playing himself. The unfortunate racist stereotyping built into small roles played by Stepin Fetchit and Hattie McDaniel offer an illuminating, albeit painful, window into a grotesque (and widespread) convention of the period.

Cast List

Hattie McDaniel - Oscar winning actress, singer, GONE WITH THE WIND
David Landau - American Character Actor
Lamar Trotti
Stepin Fetchit - American Character Actor
Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry - American Character Actor
Samuel Kaylin - Music Director
Tom Brown - American Actor
Anita Louise - American Actress
Dudley Nichols - Legendary screenwriter
Rochelle Hudson - American Actress
Saul M. Wurtzel - American Producer/Executive
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
George Schneiderman - American Cinematographer
Will Rogers - Famous American humorist/actor
William Penn Adair Rogers - Famous American humorist/actor
Francis Ford - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Henry B. Walthall - American Silent Film Actor
H.B. Walthall - American Silent Film Actor
Cyril J. Mockridge - Composer/Music Director

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 089218640192
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: July 2010

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Race Relations
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Synopsis:
A humorous judge in a small Kentucky town rescues his nephew from a matchmaking mother and ingeniously discovers an approach to helping out his friend, the town blacksmith, by keeping him out of jail.

 
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