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


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Although Oliver Hardy was a good friend of John Wayne's, he initially balked at acting in this movie, for fear that it would make people think that he and Stan Laurel had broken up as a team. When Laurel insisted that Hardy take the role, he acquiesced. See more »

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A number of times the background music uses pieces of "La Marseillaise". Although associated with revolutionary and modern France, the song was banned by Emperor Napoleon. See more »

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Troopers: [Troop sings] 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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It's a fight to stay awake
13 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Wayne (Breen) fancies Vera Ralston (Fleurette). Oliver Hardy (Willie) gets the annoying comedy sidekick role. Ralston fancies Wayne but is engaged to John Howard (Blake). I think we all know how things will pan out. This love story plays out against a story of land stealing in early 1800s Alabama.

I found myself drifting off to daydream land on two occasions within the first half hour! Nothing happens in this goddam film and the cast seem to mercilessly bore the audience with a stupid song to the tune of "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain". Stop singing! At the end of the film, we get some horses running about and some shooting but it's all rather meaningless.

In the only interesting part of the film, Oliver Hardy plays the violin and it is quite an impressive moment. Unfortunately, one scene cannot carry a whole film. The plot involving John Wayne is pretty stupid as he abandons his military outfit to chase after a girl, and they then come back to rescue him when he is in trouble. Typical John Wayne nonsense.

I cannot believe other reviewers of this film when they say that they enjoyed this film. They are talking complete rubbish. This film is boring. Here are 5 better Westerns from the same year, 1949 - "Colorado Territory", "Lust For Gold", "Roughshod", "Bad Men Of Tombstone" and "Hellfire". A far better use of your time.


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