Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress, in 1817, granted four townships in the Alabama territory to the exiles. Led by Colonel Georges Geraud and General Paul DeMarchand, the struggling settlers have made a thriving community, called Demopolis, by the summer of 1819. On a shopping trip to Mobile, Fleurette DeMarchand, the General's daughter, meets John Breen, a Kentucky rifleman, who detours his regiment through Demopolis to court her. But Fleurette, despite her wish to marry for love, must bow to the needs of her fellow exiles, who are at the mercy of the rich and wealthy Blake Randolph, and who wants her as his bride. But John Breen has no intention of allowing that to happen, resigns from his regiment, and takes up the fight against Randolph and his hirelings. Written by
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ROUGHER, TOUGHER, MORE ROMANTIC THAT EVER! (original and reissue posters)
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John Wayne was so pleased with the chemistry between himself and Oliver Hardy that he offered Hardy the role of "permanent comic sidekick" in subsequent movies. By the time this picture was released, Stan Laurel had recovered from illness and was able to return to the Laurel & Hardy team, so Hardy (graciously, of course) declined Wayne's offer. See more
Willie talks of Kentucky and says "Ma is baking bread and you can smell it all through the house." He is referencing an early-to-mid 20th Century stereotype. At that time of the movie the typical house in Kentucky would have had only one or two rooms with an exterior kitchen under a lean-to. As almost all work was done outside the house, the smell in the house would not have been noticed. See more
Only five hundred miles more to go/ Only five hundred miles more to go/ And if we can just get lucky/ we will make it to Kentucky/ Only five hundred miles more to go.
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Eight Hundred Miles to Go
Music Arranged by George Antheil
New Lyrics by George Waggner See more