Kentucky Jubilee


1h 12m 1951

Film Details

Release Date
May 18, 1951
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Tom Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
6,045ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

After screening a print of his new movie, a cowboy musical, producer T. J. Hoarsely informs his director, haughty Frenchman Rudolph Jouvet, that he must go to the tenth annual Kentucky Jubilee to scout talent for the film's sequel. Rudy is aghast, especially when he learns that his next project will feature hillbillies rather than cowboys. Meanwhile, in Hickory, Kentucky, the Jubilee committee meets with slick new publicity director Barney Malone, whose work is not appreciated by Ben White, editor of the local newspaper. Barney then takes Mayor Horace Tilbury aside and discusses their scheme to steal Jubilee revenues earmarked for a new school. When Horace expresses fear of being found out, Barney pulls out the scandalous photographs of the mayor and a woman with which he blackmailed Horace into hiring him. Meanwhile, in the New York office of the trade publication Show Business , editor Steve Frome assigns reporter Jeff Benson to cover the Jubilee and urges him to interview Rudy and visit his old friend Ben. They are joined by bug-eyed comedian Jerry Harris, who reports that he has been hired to emcee the event. To Jeff's dismay, Steve arranges for the two men to travel together, and during their road trip, Jerry says that he just graduated from correspondence school and the Jubilee will be his first job. They eventually reach the town of Calliope, where Rudy is in a diner, suffering the indignities of small-town hospitality. Jeff and Jerry attend a performance at the local vaudeville theater, and Jeff is smitten by pretty singer Sally Shannon. After the show, Jeff, who is falling in love with Sally and impressed by her "sophisticated hillbilly" style, decides to take her and the other local performers to the Jubilee with them. Meanwhile, Rudy is kidnapped by thugs Mugsy and Fatso, who want to steal his car. Later Fatso, who is also one of Barney's henchmen, walks into his office wearing Rudy's beret, prompting Barney to rush to the hotel where the director is being held and try to smooth things over. When the outraged Rudy speaks of going to the police, however, Barney leaves him in Fatso and Mugsy's custody. Jeff, Jerry and Sally arrive in Hickory, and when Jerry attempts to call on Rudy at the hotel, Fatso sends him away. Jeff then calls on Ben, who complains that the Jubilee is no longer the homey affair it once was. The Jubilee gets underway, and Jerry and Ben arouse Barney's suspicion when they are caught inspecting the rigged wheel of fortune. That evening, Jerry comes across Rudy as Mugsy and Fatso are relocating him, and he too is taken hostage. Rudy and Jerry are taken to a smokehouse, and they overhear Mugsy mention Barney's plan to rob the town's bank. Meanwhile, Jeff and Ben investigate Rudy and Jerry's disappearance, and when Ben gets a whiff of Mugsy, he detects the odor of the smokehouse. Ben tells Jeff that Mugsy also had red mud on his shoes, noting that such mud comes from the bottom land, which is where the old curing houses are located. They begin a search of every old smokehouse in the area, and eventually see Mugsy's car drive by, and follow it to the hideout. While Jerry is tormenting Rudy with his idea for a film, Jeff knocks Mugsy and Fatso out and rescues the hostages. After hiding Rudy and Jerry in a building next to the theater, Jeff goes to confront the mayor. Barney comes in while the mayor is showing Jeff documents proving Barney's shady dealings. Ben and the other committee members capture Mugsy and Fatso in a shootout, and Jeff overpowers Barney and makes it back to the theater in time to hear Sally sing. Rudy, who has completely succumbed to the charms of the Jubilee, decides to use all the entertainers in a movie about their recent adventures, and hires Jeff to write the screenplay.

Film Details

Release Date
May 18, 1951
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Tom Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
6,045ft (8 reels)

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Notes

Several reviews noted the similarities between Kentucky Jubilee and the 1949 film Square Dance Jubilee, which was also a Lippert Production.