In Old Kentucky (1919 film)

In Old Kentucky is a 1919 American silent drama film produced by Louis B. Mayer and distributed through First National Attractions, later First National Pictures. The picture was directed by Marshall Neilan and starred Anita Stewart. It was based on the play In Old Kentucky by Charles T. Dazey.[1]

In Old Kentucky
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Directed byMarshall Neilan
Produced byLouis B. Mayer
Anita Stewart
Written byThomas J. Geraghty (scenario)
Based onIn Old Kentucky
by Charles T. Dazey
StarringAnita Stewart
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Distributed byFirst National
Release date
  • December 15, 1919 (1919-12-15)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Neilan and Mayer worked often together at this time, but after Mayer became head of MGM in 1924, the two had a falling out which revealed each man disliking the other fiercely. Neilan was vocal about his dislike of Mayer, which damaged his Hollywood career. Later, not finding work at the major studios, Neilan ended his career directing B movies.

Later, as head of MGM, Mayer had the film remade in 1927.[2][3] In 1935, Will Rogers made a sound version at Fox.

MGM has preserved the film.[3][4]



  1. Works of Charles T. Dazey, author of In Old Kentucky
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911–20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. "In Old Kentucky".
  4. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: In Old Kentucky

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