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Kentucky Kernels (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 November 1934 (USA)
The Great Elmer and Company, two out-of-work magicians, help lovelorn Jerry Bronson adopt Spanky Milford, to distract him. When Bronson makes up and elopes, the pair are stuck with the ... See full summary »

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Bert Kalmar (screen play), Harry Ruby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Willie
Robert Woolsey ... Elmer
Mary Carlisle ... Gloria
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as 'Spanky' McFarland)
Noah Beery ... Colonel Wakefield
Lucille La Verne ... Aunt Hannah (as Lucille LaVerne)
Willie Best ... Buckshot (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Baxter
Louis Mason ... Judge Ezra
Paul Page ... Jerry Bronson
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Jeff Wakefield
Richard Alexander ... Hank Wakefield
William Pawley ... John Wakefield
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Storyline

The Great Elmer and Company, two out-of-work magicians, help lovelorn Jerry Bronson adopt Spanky Milford, to distract him. When Bronson makes up and elopes, the pair are stuck with the little boy. But Spanky inherits a Kentucky fortune, so they head south to Banesville, where the Milfords and Wakefields are conducting a bitter feud. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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The world's greatest nuts are "fit to kill" in this mad romance of the blue grass belt. See more »

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Kernels See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO borrowed George 'Spanky' McFarland from Hal Roach Studios for this film. See more »


Soundtracks

Supper Song
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Performed by Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey at the supper
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kentucky Kernels (1934)

*** (out of 4)

George Stevens directs this Wheeler and Woolsey film where the two take an adopted boy (Spanky from Our Gang) back to his relatives in Kentucky but soon finds themselves in a feud between two families. It's been hit and miss with me and these W&W films but this one here is clearly the best I've seen. The comedy ranges towards jokes about rednecks and some rather politically incorrect stuff but the duo brings some great comic timing and the added bonus of Spanky makes this a damn good comedy. There's some wonderful gags including a horse accidentally drinking moonshine and another scene where W&W try and talk themselves out of a speeding ticket. The jokes aimed at the Southern families work very well and Spanky steals the show with each scene that he's in. The running joke is that he likes to break windows so there's plenty of that going on. There's also a large shoot out at the end, which looks to have more bullets flying than any of Warner's gangster pictures. The film borrows a lot of Keaton's Our Hospitality but works well on its own.


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