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Judge Priest


Judge Priest 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.

Judge Priest is a 1934 American comedy film. The film was based on humorist Irvin S. Cobb's character Judge Priest. The film was directed by John Ford and produced by Sol M. Wurtzel in association with Fox Film. The film is set in post-reconstruction Kentucky.


  • Will Rogers as Judge William 'Billy' Priest
  • Tom Brown (actor) as Jerome Priest
  • Anita Louise as Ellie May Gillespie
  • Henry B. Walthall as Reverend Ashby Brand
  • David Landau (actor) as Bob Gillis
  • Rochelle Hudson as Virginia Maydew
  • Roger Imhof as Billy Gaynor
  • Frank Melton as Flem Talley
  • Charley Grapewin as Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
  • Berton Churchill as Senator Horace Maydew
  • Brenda Fowler as Mrs. Caroline Priest
  • Francis Ford (actor) as Juror No. 12
  • Hattie McDaniel as Aunt Dilsey
  • Stepin Fetchit as Jeff Poindexter

Stepin Fetchit

Stepin Fetchit’s character in Judge Priest, Jeff Poindexter, is the early twentieth-century stereotypical black man. Jeff Poindexter is extremely dull, slow and lazy. Stepin Fetchit (actually born Lincoln Perry


  • Hattie McDaniel, Melba Brown, Thelma Brown, Vera Brown, Will Rogers and others - "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night" (Music and lyrics by Stephen Foster)
  • Hattie McDaniel - "Aunt Dilsey's Improvisation" (Written by Hattie McDaniel)
  • "Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)" (Music by J.L. Molloy, lyrics by J. Clifton Bingham)
  • Hattie McDaniel and others at the festival - "Massa Jesus Wrote Me a Note" (Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, lyrics by Dudley Nichols and Lamar Trotti)
  • "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • "Old Black Joe" (Written by Stephen Foster)
  • "(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land" (Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett)
  • Hattie McDaniel - "The Little Brown Jug" (Music and lyrics by Joseph Winner)
  • Hattie McDaniel - "Aunt Dilsey's Song" (Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, lyrics by Dudley Nichols and Lamar Trotti)

See also

  • List of American films of 1934
  • List of films in the public domain

Category:1934 films
Category:1930s comedy films
Category:American films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by John Ford
Category:20th Century Fox films
Sol M. Wurtzel

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