IN OLD KENTUCKY (1935) Final Shooting script dated Apr 4, 1935


(African American cinema) Hollywood: Fox Film Corp., 4/4/35. Final Shooting script dated Apr 4, 1935, USA. Screenplay by Sam Hellman and Gladys Lehman. Mimeographed script, quarto, stenciled wrappers with typed information on front wrapper, 114 pp., yapped edges show minor signs of wear, distribution piece torn off front flyleaf, overall near fine.

This comedy about competing horse trainers in Kentucky was a vehicle for Will Rogers. It is of interest to us because it contains a significant supporting role for the legendary African American actor Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, here in the part of Wash Jackson, a handyman who hangs out with Steve Tapley (Rogers). Robinson is considered to have invented the stair tap routine and was considered one of the greatest dancers of his time. He appeared in few films, and in even fewer where he was given a dramatic part, as he was here.

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