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John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William Priest is involved variously in revealing the real identity of Lucy Lake, reliving his Civil War memories, preventing the lynching of a youth and contesting the elections with Yankee Horace K. Maydew.

  1. John Ford


  2. Laurence Stallings


  3. Irvin S. Cobb


Top Billed Cast

  1. Charles Winninger

    Charles Winninger

    Judge William Pittman Priest

  2. Arleen Whelan

    Arleen Whelan

    Lucy Lee Lake

  3. John Russell

    John Russell

    Ashby Corwin

  4. Stepin Fetchit

    Stepin Fetchit

    Jeff Poindexter

  5. Russell Simpson

    Russell Simpson

    Dr. Lewt Lake

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Status Released

Release Information

  • May 2, 1953


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -



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