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Judge Priest

Judge Priest (1934)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1934 Wide

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Will Rogers stars as Judge William "Billy" Priest, the common-sense Kentucky jurist created by humorist Irvin S. Cobb. The Judge's easygoing manner bothers many of the self-righteous good citizens of his small 19th-century hometown, imperiling his chances for re-election. The anecdotal plot boils down to a single storyline involving orphaned Anita Louise, reclusive David Landau (secretly Louise's father), and young attorney Tom Brown.The testimony that saves Landau from a murder charge is

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

Dudley Nichols, Lamar Trotti

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (0)

Ford spends more time setting up a kind of slow-going Southern atmosphere, where everyone knows everyone and it's always just about time for another mint julep.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Agreeable Will Rogers vehicle from John Ford.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Will Rogers has found a part that is best suited for his talents as a populist humorist.

May 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Judge Priest

Ugh! What a piece of slug. Racist even by 30's standard and syrupy sweet to boot. Stay away!
October 7, 2013
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jay nixon

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Surprisingly humorous social drama featuring the indomitable Will Rogers in the title role. Often cited as John Ford's favorite film, Judge Priest is part Western, part Courtroom Drama and part Depression-Era Escapism. Good stuff.
February 2, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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    1. Judge William "Billy" Priest: I'm just an old country Jake who's kind of a baby kisser.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
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