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Kentucky was first-ever Technicolor representation of the Bluegrass State. Originally, it was to be filmed in black-and-white, but 20th Century Fox’s studio head Darryl Zanuck changed his mind after seeing initial footage. Below is a photograph from the Los Angeles premiere at Carthay Circle Theatre.
Richard Greene wasn’t the original lead. Don Ameche was the first cast, but he had to leave the role after a tonsillectomy.
“Zanuck said Richard would go farther than David Niven... which shows nobody can predict screen stardom,” said Loretta Young. She said Greene was “very pleasant.”
Walter Brennan won his second Academy Award for his performance in the film. He was the only member of the cast nominated for the movie.
Below Loretta Young and director David Butler arrive on set.