Judge Priest Reviews

  • Dec 02, 2015

    Even the indelible John Ford can make crap.

    Even the indelible John Ford can make crap.

  • Jul 11, 2014

    Rogers and Fetchit rescue this poorly made and shapeless oddity from being unenjoyable. Hardly surprising that the guy who played the priest was in Birth of a Nation, though.

    Rogers and Fetchit rescue this poorly made and shapeless oddity from being unenjoyable. Hardly surprising that the guy who played the priest was in Birth of a Nation, though.

  • Mar 22, 2014

    funny stuff brought to u by america's fave humorist will rogers.

    funny stuff brought to u by america's fave humorist will rogers.

  • Feb 22, 2014

    It is probably best to view this as an historical artefact, which is exactly how I approached it. I was curious about Will Rogers and this is his best known film. The cowboy humourist plays a laid back (though reputedly sage and fair) Kentucky judge who spends part of the movie encouraging his nephew to pursue his next door neighbour, a young lady of uncertain parentage (which dismays his snobby mother). The other part of the movie involves a court case that Judge Priest has to recuse himself from but still manages to manipulate. The case is won by appealing to southern memories of the Confederacy and patriotism for the same (the movie takes place in the 1890s) - so, not based on the facts of the case. Stepin Fetchit and Hattie McDaniel are both here and, although Will Rogers treats them like he does any other character in the film (perhaps overtly so), they do embody alarming and exaggerated racist stereotypes. However, the overall feel of the film remains good-natured.

    It is probably best to view this as an historical artefact, which is exactly how I approached it. I was curious about Will Rogers and this is his best known film. The cowboy humourist plays a laid back (though reputedly sage and fair) Kentucky judge who spends part of the movie encouraging his nephew to pursue his next door neighbour, a young lady of uncertain parentage (which dismays his snobby mother). The other part of the movie involves a court case that Judge Priest has to recuse himself from but still manages to manipulate. The case is won by appealing to southern memories of the Confederacy and patriotism for the same (the movie takes place in the 1890s) - so, not based on the facts of the case. Stepin Fetchit and Hattie McDaniel are both here and, although Will Rogers treats them like he does any other character in the film (perhaps overtly so), they do embody alarming and exaggerated racist stereotypes. However, the overall feel of the film remains good-natured.

  • Nov 26, 2013

    This black and white film was good.

    This black and white film was good.

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Oct 07, 2013

    Ugh! What a piece of slug. Racist even by 30's standard and syrupy sweet to boot. Stay away!

    Ugh! What a piece of slug. Racist even by 30's standard and syrupy sweet to boot. Stay away!

  • Aug 13, 2013

    Not John Ford's best, despite a good performance by Will Rodgers. This film is very dated and reflects the racial stereotypes of its time period, as well as showing the South through nostalgic rose colored glasses.

    Not John Ford's best, despite a good performance by Will Rodgers. This film is very dated and reflects the racial stereotypes of its time period, as well as showing the South through nostalgic rose colored glasses.

  • Mar 23, 2013

    Retrato de época y social de Ford que... es medio aburrido de ver. Capaz porque es muy disperso (muchos personajes para tan poca duración), o porque no tiene ningún conflicto atrapante. Es una peli relajada, sobre la vida cotidiana de un juez y otros aledaños. Salvo que es un poco aburrida, y que nadie te muestra el sur histórico como Ford, no tengo grandes quejas ni elogios. (pero quién la había recomendado tanto y por qué??)

    Retrato de época y social de Ford que... es medio aburrido de ver. Capaz porque es muy disperso (muchos personajes para tan poca duración), o porque no tiene ningún conflicto atrapante. Es una peli relajada, sobre la vida cotidiana de un juez y otros aledaños. Salvo que es un poco aburrida, y que nadie te muestra el sur histórico como Ford, no tengo grandes quejas ni elogios. (pero quién la había recomendado tanto y por qué??)

  • Dec 21, 2012

    A pro-confederate film. This film is ridiculous and gets out of hand with confederation pride. Also what is controversial about this film is the scene of Afro-Americans playing Dixie.

    A pro-confederate film. This film is ridiculous and gets out of hand with confederation pride. Also what is controversial about this film is the scene of Afro-Americans playing Dixie.

  • Jul 02, 2012

    John Ford's Jugde Priest is set in the year of 1890 in Kentucky, where a judge named William "Billy" Priest (Will Rogers) who's is loved by every in his home town, but then a case where which results in his resignation. But he's helps his nephew Rome (Tom Brown) who is lawyer to the defendant who's cut the offended with a eraser blade. They finally win the case, thanks to the defendants brave effort in the civil war. Judge Priest is not one of John Ford finest film. It is a little funny some times, but the large amount of black dumb racist stereotypes makes this film offensive. Thumbs down.

    John Ford's Jugde Priest is set in the year of 1890 in Kentucky, where a judge named William "Billy" Priest (Will Rogers) who's is loved by every in his home town, but then a case where which results in his resignation. But he's helps his nephew Rome (Tom Brown) who is lawyer to the defendant who's cut the offended with a eraser blade. They finally win the case, thanks to the defendants brave effort in the civil war. Judge Priest is not one of John Ford finest film. It is a little funny some times, but the large amount of black dumb racist stereotypes makes this film offensive. Thumbs down.