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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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Willie Paine
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Ann Logan
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Blake Randolph
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Gen. Paul De Marchand
Grant Withers ...
George Hayden
Odette Myrtil ...
Madame De Marchand
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Beau Merritt
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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 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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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


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John Wayne later blamed the poor critical response to the movie on co-star Vera Ralston. 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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"I said Kentucky whiskey, and that's what I want!"
11 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would be hard pressed to find an odder casting of co-stars in a movie than John Wayne and Oliver Hardy, but the arrangement seems to work in "The Fighting Kentuckian". Both are members of the 2nd Kentucky Regiment, making their way home following the Battle of New Orleans; it's 1819 and the setting is Demopolis, Alabama. They manage to muster out of their assignments, as John Breen (Wayne) catches the eye of the pretty Fleurette De Marchand (Vera Ralston), and Willie Paine (Hardy) is given a pass to keep tabs on his buddy Breen.

The movie follows the story of a band of exiled French soldiers who were loyal to Napoleon. Following his defeat at Waterloo and exile to Elba, many of his followers found safety in the new land, settling in the southern United States. Curiously, the French soldiers maintain full military dress as they attempt to assimilate into their new surroundings, but at least it makes it easier to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Kentuckian Breen allies himself with the French when he discovers that the village boundaries they have settled were switched at the bequest of George Hayden (Grant Withers), who now plans to steal the land back for himself with the help of his river men allies. Standing between Breen and Madame Fleurette is her fiancée by arrangement, Blake Randolph (John Howard). Randolph has done much to insure the success of the French settlement, and has the backing of Fleurette's father, General Paul De Marchand (Hugo Haas). Needless to say, Breen has an uphill fight, and is constantly in mental discussion with himself as to what his battle plan should be.

In the course of action, Breen and Paine find themselves a helpful ally in French Colonel Georges Geraud (Philip Dorn). Watch closely, and you'll observe Oliver Hardy's character make three moves at once in a chess game against Geraud, proudly proclaiming to "crown it" as he manages to make it to the far side of the game board. Ever the vigilant sidekick, Paine rides after his Kentucky regiment when Breen is taken into custody by the scheming Hayden, now with a two day head start away from Demopolis. Needless to say, they arrive in time to settle the score with Hayden's river men and assure victory for the French settlers.

I have to admit, I was constantly in anticipation of Stan Laurel walking out from behind some tree or boulder to cameo in support of his comic partner. For his part, Oliver Hardy affects many of the familiar comic mannerisms of the partnership he became famous for, and though for the most part appropriate for the situation, they seemed out of place without Laurel on the receiving end.

As expected, John Wayne manages to win the hand of Madame Fleurette by film's end. That custom was established as far back as his mid 1930's Lone Star Film period, but in those days he didn't have to do much to get the girl. As "The Fighting Kentuckian", he had to try hard, real hard to win his lady.


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