The Fighting Kentuckian

The Fighting Kentuckian

George Waggner (1949)

U Certificate


Our Score
Lodged in the John Wayne canon between two of his finest performances in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Sands of Iwo Jima, this is a genuine curio. Produced by the Duke himself, it details an interesting historical anomaly - the settling in America of Napoleon's exiled officers and their relatives immediately after the defeat at Waterloo. The political aspect isn't really explored, though, merely serving as a background for a rollicking romance with lots of fighting. Wayne's sidekick is Oliver Hardy, who acquits himself well without his usual partner, Stan Laurel; indeed, he's the best reason for viewing.


French settlers are granted asylum in America in the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and a Kentucky rifleman finds himself falling for one of the newcomers - a general's daughter. However, he faces a rival for her affections in the form of a ruthless landowner who plans to steal the terrritory her fellow exiles have settled on. George Waggner's Western, starring John Wayne, Vera Hruba Ralston, Philip Dorn and Oliver Hardy.

Cast & Crew

John Breen John Wayne
Fleurette DeMarchand Vera Ralston
Colonel Georges Geraud Philip Dorn
Willie Paine Oliver Hardy
Ann Logan Marie Windsor
Blake Randolph John Howard (1)
General Paul DeMarchand Hugo Haas
George Hayden Grant Withers
Madame DeMarchand Odette Myrtil
Beau Merritt Paul Fix
Sister Hattie Mae Marsh
Director George Waggner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD