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The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

Passed  -  Adventure | Romance | War  -  15 September 1949 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Vera Ralston ...
Fleurette De Marchand
Philip Dorn ...
Col. Georges Geraud
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Willie Paine
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Ann Logan
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Blake Randolph
Hugo Haas ...
Gen. Paul De Marchand
Grant Withers ...
George Hayden
Odette Myrtil ...
Madame De Marchand
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Beau Merritt
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Sister Hattie
Jack Pennick ...
Capt. Dan Carroll
Mickey Simpson ...
Jacques
Fred Graham ...
Carter Ward
Mabelle Koenig ...
Marie
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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 Demoplis, 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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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exile | kentucky | alabama | waterloo | france | See more »

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ROUGHER, TOUGHER, MORE ROMANTIC THAT EVER! (original and reissue posters)


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15 September 1949 (USA)  »

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A Strange Caravan  »

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One of two movies that Oliver Hardy acted in during the 23 year period he made comedies with his partner Stan Laurel. See more »

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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 »

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Beau Merritt: [holding up a glass] Have a shot?
John Breen: [holding up his wounded arm] Just had one.
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Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) See more »

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Kentucky Marching Song
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Traditional
Music Arranged by George Antheil
New Lyrics by George Waggner
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One of John's better films
9 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Wayne plays a frontiersman, who partners up with Oliver Hardy! This seems strange at first, but they have a great rapport and act well together. Vera Ralston is the love interest, and while she's pretty, she's not a great actress and is merely passable in the role. There's lots of fighting and heroic action in this movie, and it's a way to pass an enjoyable hour or two. John is at his most charismatic here.


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