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Kentucky Moonshine (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 20 May 1938 (USA)
Tony Martin goes to Kentucky to find talent to boost radio ratings. There it is learned that the Ritz brothers are really from New York and only pretending to be hillbillies to get on Martin's show.

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David Butler

Writers:

M.M. Musselman (original story and screenplay), Jack Lait Jr. (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Harry Ritz ... Harry Ritz (as Ritz Brothers)
Tony Martin ... Jerry Wade
Jimmy Ritz ... Jimmy Ritz (as Ritz Brothers)
Al Ritz ... Al Ritz (as Ritz Brothers)
Marjorie Weaver ... Caroline
Slim Summerville ... Hank Hatfield
John Carradine ... Reef Hatfield
Wally Vernon ... Gus Bryce
Berton Churchill ... J.B
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... 'Spats' Swanson
Cecil Cunningham ... Landlady
Paul Stanton ... Mortimer Hilton
Mary Treen ... 'Sugar' Hatfield
Francis Ford ... Grandpa Hatfield
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Storyline

Radio star Jerry Wade's program ratings are falling and he suggests to his sponsors a show that is different and he goes to Kentucky to find an idea. Caroline, a Kentucky girl in New York trying to crash into radio, learns of Wade's quest and takes her three friends, Harry, Jimmy and Al Ritz, also aspiring to show-business fame, to Kentucky with her, where Wade discovers them in beards, guns, feuds, moonshine and every cliché that fits hillbillies. He stages a broadcast from the hills, which is not heard because of technical difficulties. He takes the whole troupe back to New York with him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Men and a Girl See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Kentucky Opera
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Less obnoxious than usual...though this is hardly a glowing endorsement.
18 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Ritz Brothers are certainly a comedy team that never made it as big as some others. After seeing a few of their films, I can certainly understand why they never were as big as Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges or Martin & Lewis. Heck, by comparison, Wheeler & Woolsey were practically thespians! So why did I watch "Kentucky Moonshine" since it's obvious I am not a fan? Well, partly because I am a glutton for punishment and partly because I've only seen a few of their movies and wanted to see if I'd misjudged them unfairly. After seeing "Kentucky Moonshine" I feel as if I pretty much DO hate them and their antics...mostly because I find them unfunny.

The film finds Jerry Wade (Tony Martin) deciding to travel to the Kentucky hills to look for musical talent. When the boys and their friend, Caroline (Marjorie Weaver), hear of this...they head to Kentucky ahead of Wade and pretend to be hillbillies with talent. Soon, Wade is infatuated with Caroline and wants her and the Ritz Brothers for his radio broadcast.

I liked Tony Martin and Marjorie Weaver and would have preferred seeing more of them. The Ritz Brothers weren't that bad when they were singing but their humor consistently missed the mark. It also was very weird seeing them doing a musical tribute to Snow White on the radio...as they dressed up as the characters. But who would see this since it's supposed to be a radio show!?

Overall, not a terrible film but one that certainly did not impress me about the Ritz Brothers and their talents...such as they are.


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