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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.

Director:

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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Reels three and four were originally tinted in sepia and blue. See more »


Soundtracks

Moonshine Over Kentucky
Written by Lew Pollack and Sidney D. Mitchell
Performed by The Ritz Brothers
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Some Good Ritz Action Here
4 August 2003 | by LynxMatthewsSee all my reviews

As is often the case with comedies of the 30s and 40s, the filmmakers don't trust the comedians to carry the picture, so they add a romantic subplot and boring song or two to "help things out". It doesn't help here, as Tony Martin is not much of a leading man and has some boring songs to sing, however the madcap magic of the Ritz boys does win out in the end.

This movie starts with an interminably long Martin song, then you finally meet the Ritz Brothers, three guys trying to make it in showbusiness just when the hillbilly music craze is breaking. They catch wind of a talent search down south and decide to go down and pose as bumpkins to jumpstart their careers. This kind of thing probably happened in real life during the folk music boom of the 60s!

Great Harry Ritz line: (acting dumb as someone tries to explain the concept of a broadcast to him) "You mean they can take our voices on that there raddy-o and fling 'em all over tarnation?"

So, as usual, not ENOUGH Ritz Brothers in this, but they do get some good moments, the best (perhaps one of their finest sequences captured on film), is their routine at the end. Worth the wait. Phenomenal dancing. Just hilarious and entirely Ritz-ian.


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