Judge Priest

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

The insubstantial plot of this film is no more than a vehicle for Rogers, but it serves him very well. Rogers, as Judge Priest, is presiding over Landau's trial. The latter, who fought with a man who insulted "orphan girl" Louise (secretly Landau's daughter), is later involved in a knife fight with the same man. Lawyer Brown, Rogers' nephew and Louise's...read more

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The insubstantial plot of this film is no more than a vehicle for Rogers, but it serves him very well. Rogers, as Judge Priest, is presiding over Landau's trial. The latter, who fought with a man who insulted "orphan girl" Louise (secretly Landau's daughter), is later involved in a knife

fight with the same man. Lawyer Brown, Rogers' nephew and Louise's fiance, agrees to defend Landau. When the opposition gets wind of this, it voices its disapproval, claiming that Rogers and Brown are family. Presently it is revealed that Landau is the girl's true father, which excuses his actions

and sets him free. Furthermore, Brown and Louise can now marry without regard to family status. The picture is not very believable, but Rogers is so wonderful it doesn't matter. The one sour note in the film is the racist portrayal of blacks by Fetchit and by McDaniel in a highly caricatured

"white Hollywood" vision of how "negroes" behave. It looked bad then, and horrible today. Remade in 1953 by John Ford as THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The insubstantial plot of this film is no more than a vehicle for Rogers, but it serves him very well. Rogers, as Judge Priest, is presiding over Landau's trial. The latter, who fought with a man who insulted "orphan girl" Louise (secretly Landau's daughte… (more)

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