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The Kentuckian (1955)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Western  |  7 August 1955 (Japan)
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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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Zack Wakefield
Una Merkel ...
Sophie Wakefield
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Fletcher
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Pleasant Tuesday Babson
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Constable
Edward Norris ...
Roulette Dealer
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Stan Bodine
Donald MacDonald ...
Little Eli Wakefield
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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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Release Date:

7 August 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Gabriel Horn  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In April 1954 Lancaster was considering casting Brandon De Wilde as Little Eli Wakefield and Jane Wyman as Susie Spann. 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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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) See more »

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Not a masterpiece, but special moments
30 July 2005 | by (Stein, Germany) – See all my reviews

This picture shows Burt Lancaster was a much better actor than a director. After "The Kentuckian" he never tried directing again - a decision good for him and much better for the audience. The direction is lazy and slow-going, the script disappointing (I wonder that A.B. Guthrie, the writer of brilliant old-west-novels, didn't make a better job). The photography is good, the landscapes are great and few actors are fine, for example Walter Matthau as slimy bad guy. There are two special moments in the picture you surely will not forget: The bull-whip-fight between Matthau and Lancaster is exciting and the showdown, when Burt is running fast across the river while his enemy tries to load his rifle, is very different to other western-shootouts. This scenes will compensate viewers for foregoing boredom. I give five out of ten stars.


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