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The Kentuckian (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 7 August 1955 (Japan)
A Kentucky widower bound for 1820's Texas with his young son is thwarted in his efforts by a corrupt constable, a long-standing family feud, and a beautiful indentured servant.

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Cast

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Elias Wakefield (Big Eli)
Dianne Foster ...
Hannah Bolen
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Susie Spann
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Stan Bodine
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Little Eli Wakefield
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Zack Wakefield
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Sophie Wakefield
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Ziby Fletcher
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Pleasant Tuesday Babson
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Constable
Edward Norris ...
Roulette Dealer
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Storyline

A frontiersman in 1820s Kentucky finds the area too civilized for his tastes, so he makes plans for he and his son to leave for the wild Texas country. However, he buys an indentured servant along the way, and her presence throws a monkey wrench into his plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hunter...Frontiersman...Adventurer!

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Drama | Western

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7 August 1955 (Japan)  »

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The Gabriel Horn  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The average shot length of this film is about 7.75 seconds, which makes it one of the faster cut early CinemaScope films. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, Eli is sitting near a campfire. We can clearly see its flames, showing it is still burning. When Eli stands up, the flames has disappeared, even we haven't see him extinguishing the fire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Little Eli Wakefield: How long now, Pa? How many more days?
Elias Wakefield: We ain't much more than started!
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Well, maybe a B+...
16 December 2006 | by (behind the Redwood Curtain) – See all my reviews

A mix of 50's sensibilities and period art the way they could only do it in the 1950s. Lancaster is stiff at times, but shines in the riverboat scene and of course handles the on screen fights pretty well. A.B. Guthrie Jr. knows what to put in a frontier story, and Matthau, McIntire and Carradine act rings around the rest of a fairly lackluster cast. The part of the boy isn't well-directed, and only manages to be a fairly sympathetic character. Both Foster and Lynn seemed miscast... Foster was too elegant for the indentured servant role and the Lynn character weak for a frontier schoolmistress. But the story holds together and is worth the watch for fans of Matthau, Lancaster, or the genre of offbeat 50's westerns. Watch for almost a dozen 'stock' cowboy figures from that era popping in and out of scenes, like James Griffith as a perfectly evil riverboat gambler.


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