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The Kentuckian (1908)

A rich young Kentuckian flees West after killing a man in a poker-related duel. Posing as a miner, he visits a saloon, where he carelessly reveals the wad of cash he is carrying. This ... See full summary »

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George Gebhardt
Harry Solter
Anthony O'Sullivan
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Wallace McCutcheon Jr.
Robert G. Vignola
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A rich young Kentuckian flees West after killing a man in a poker-related duel. Posing as a miner, he visits a saloon, where he carelessly reveals the wad of cash he is carrying. This attracts the envious attention of Native American low-lives, who follow him outside, knife him, and flee with his money. In the nick of time, a Native American woman arrives on the scene who nurses the gravely wounded man back to health. They marry, have a son, and live blissfully for a few years. Then the man learns that his father has died, leaving him an estate. Realizing that he cannot introduce his wife into polite society back East, he vows to renounce his inheritance. The wife solves his problem by putting a bullet in her head. Written by orontes

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The Fighting Kentuckian
23 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

It's appropriate that as D.W. Griffith was born in Kentucky that he should act in a short film with the same title. He doesn't move me as an actor, but I do appreciate that this was his baptism of fire into the industry. Failed footballers like good managers in the same way that failed actors make better directors.


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