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Kentucky Jubilee (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 18 May 1951 (USA)
A Hollywood film-director has been sent to Hickory Kentucky to find material and acts for a hill-billy picture.He is kidnapped by henchmen of a big-town city slicker who has taken over the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Colonna ... Jerry Harris
Jean Porter ... Sally Shannon
James Ellison ... Jeff Benson
Fritz Feld ... Rudolph 'Rudi' Jouvet
Raymond Hatton ... Ben White
Vince Barnett ... Mugsy
Chester Clute ... Mayor Horace Tilbury
Michael Whalen ... Touhy
Archie Twitchell ... Barney Malone
Russell Hicks ... T.J. Hoarsely
Margia Dean ... Millie - Cashier
Si Jenks ... Constable
Ralph Sanford ... Steve Frome
Tom Plank Tom Plank ... Barker
Jack Reitzen ... Fatso


A Hollywood film-director has been sent to Hickory Kentucky to find material and acts for a hill-billy picture.He is kidnapped by henchmen of a big-town city slicker who has taken over the operation of the town's annual jubilee..mostly using bottom-of-the-barrel acts from the swamps of Florida. A Hollywood trade-paper reporter, sent to cover the event, finally thwarts the gang's plans to loot the civic coffers and the local bank. Jerry Colonna, between the 15 staging of acts from Florida that killed vaudeville, flits in and out as a hired emcee, who also gets kidnapped. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A bad version of Hee Haw
1 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Kentucky Jubilee put me in mind of Hee Haw only Hee Haw was far better. The idea that some Broadway big shot would send a reporter to cover this event held in the hills of old Kentucky and even a bad Hollywood director would be looking for movie material here really boggles the mind. But I do have low expectations from Lippert Pictures and they met the threshold in Kentucky Jubilee.

James Ellison is the reporter, Fritz Feld the director and Russell Hicks the big shot together with a whole cast of players all of whom have seen better films and acts that were the type that brought vaudeville to a close. Villains Archie Twitchell and Michael Whalen are trying to steal the box office take from the Kentucky Jubilee, but our heroes ain't about to let that happen.

Jerry Colonna is also here and Colonna is a funny guy but like Phil Silvers best in small doses. He's the master of ceremonies and the kind that makes you want to get the acts hurriedly on.

If you liked Hee Haw you'll pine nostalgically for it after seeing Kentucky Jubilee.

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