My Old Kentucky Home (February 9, 1938)

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My Old Kentucky Home
 

Released on February 9, 1938: A Kentucky Gentleman must decide between his childhood sweetheart and a New York City professional singer.

Produced by E.B. Derr

Directed by Lambert Hillyer

The Actors: Evelyn Venable (Lisbeth Calvert), Grant Richards (Larry Blair), Clara Blandick (Julia 'Granny' Blair), Bernadene Hayes (Gail Burke), J. Farrell MacDonald (Mayor Jim Hopkins), Margaret Marquis (Lucy Belle, Lisbeth's younger sister), Cornelius Keefe (Trent Burke), Kitty McHugh (Peggy Price), Raquel Davidovich (Babette, Gail's maid), Paul White (singer Scipio), Mildred Gover (Callio the maid), Hall Johnson (leader of Hall Johnson Choir), Don Brodie (unknown), Bobby Burns (unknown), Edward Hearn (unknown), Howard C. Hickman (unknown)

 

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Southern Belle, Yankee Gal and the Choir Director

This recently discovered copy of a 1938 movie has a fairly good love story between a wealthy Southern gentleman and two women . . . . One girl is his Southern childhood sweetheart and the other is a Yankee girl he has become best friends with . . . . And surprisingly, when the story really develops, it is one of the rare love stories where you just cannot decide which girl he should wind up with . . . . Neither one is the witchy woman that we love to hate. But that is not what I want you to know before you watch this story . . . . You need to know about a fellow whose face is only onscreen for a couple of seconds. As I write this, America has an African-American President, and most youngsters today could not understand an America where white people owned and ruled black people as slaves.

Francis Hall Johnson was born in Athens, Georgia in 1888 and was a famous black musician and choir director. His mother was a slave and his grandmother was a slave, but by the time he was born slavery had been abolished, and in 1938 when this movie was filmed slavery was only a bad memory, but the memory of the songs that brought comfort to enslaved souls lived on. Hall Johnson had a passion for the songs that he heard his mother and grandmother sing, and he formed a choir that for the first time presented that music to the rest of the world. His singers and songs were heard in movies and on Broadway, on the radio and later on television until his death in 1970. The producers of this story included several scenes that would showcase the faces and voices of loving black Americans who were either slaves in their youth, or the children of slaves. Those historic scenes alone are worth the price of admission for this love story from the old South. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Hall Johnson
Hall Johnson
Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes and Cornelius Keefe
Bernadene Hayes and Cornelius Keefe
Bernadene Hayes and Evelyn Venable
Bernadene Hayes and Evelyn Venable
Bernadene Hayes and Grant Richards
Bernadene Hayes and Grant Richards
Bernadene Hayes and rant Richards
Bernadene Hayes and rant Richards
Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes
Bernadene Hayes
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick, Margaret Marquis and Evelyn Venable
Clara Blandick, Margaret Marquis and Evelyn Venable
Clara Blandick and Margaret Marquis
Clara Blandick and Margaret Marquis
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick
Cornelius Keefe
Cornelius Keefe
Cornelius Keefe
Cornelius Keefe
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable and Grant Richards
Evelyn Venable and Grant Richards
Evelyn Venable and J. Farrell MacDonald
Evelyn Venable and J. Farrell MacDonald
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Grant Richards and Bernadene Hayes
Grant Richards and Bernadene Hayes
Grand Richards and Bernadene Hayes
Grand Richards and Bernadene Hayes
Grant Richards and Evelyn Venable
Grant Richards and Evelyn Venable
Grant Richards
Grant Richards
Grant Richards
Grant Richards
Hal Johnson Choir soloist
Hal Johnson Choir soloist
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald and Clara Blandick
J. Farrell MacDonald and Clara Blandick
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
Ketty McHugh
Ketty McHugh
Margaret Marquis and Clara Blandick
Margaret Marquis and Clara Blandick
Margaret Marquis and Evelyn Venable
Margaret Marquis and Evelyn Venable
Margaret Marquis and Evelyn Venable
Margaret Marquis and Evelyn Venable
Margaret Marquis and Kitty McHugh
Margaret Marquis and Kitty McHugh
Mildred Gover and Paul White
Mildred Gover and Paul White
Mildred Gover
Mildred Gover
Ned, a singer in the Hall Joshnson Choir
Ned, a singer in the Hall Joshnson Choir
Paul White
Paul White
Raquel Davidovich
Raquel Davidovich
The Hall Johnson Choir
The Hall Johnson Choir
The Hall Johnson Choir
The Hall Johnson Choir