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The Fighting Kentuckian

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1949
  • George Waggner
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western adventure starring John Wayne. After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, hundreds of exiled French families settle in the wilds of Alabama. Kentucky rifleman John Breen's love for a French general's daughter leads him to defend the settlers against his romantic rival, the wealthy Blake Randolph.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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John BreenJohn Wayne
Fleurette DeMarchandVera Ralston
Colonel Georges GeraudPhilip Dorn
Willie PaineOliver Hardy
Ann LoganMarie Windsor
Blake RandolphJohn Howard (1)
General Paul DeMarchandHugo Haas
George HaydenGrant Withers
Madame DeMarchandOdette Myrtil
Beau MerrittPaul Fix
Sister HattieMae Marsh

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Waggner

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Released on
1949-11-16
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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