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)
Did You Know?
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
When the soldiers are starting their march from Mobile, Alabama, to their home in Kentucky, they sing, "Only 800 miles more to go". In reality, the distance from Mobile to Kentucky is only about 400 miles. 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.
Featured in The John Wayne Anthology
Eight Hundred Miles to Go
Music Arranged by George Antheil
New Lyrics by George Waggner See more