Billy Priest, a proud Confederate Civil War veteran, serves the community in his rural home town as district judge in 1890’s Kentucky with common sense and humanity. Priest’s deals with everyone from the Daughters of the Confederacy to former slaves with humor and the same lack of pretension. His sister-in-law objects to his nephew Jerome’s interest in Ellie May Gillespie, a pretty young girl whose pedigree is unclear. When the mysterious loner Bob Gillis becomes involved in a stabbing incident involving the honor of Ellie May, Priest is asked by a rival to recuse himself from presiding at the trial. This wonderful classic was directed by the great John Ford. Judge Priest stars Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Hattie McDaniel – 1934 – BW – 80 Minutes – DVD, Digitally remastered. In a 1972 interview, John Ford claimed that this slice of Americana was one of his favorite films.