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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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Complete credited cast:
Elias Wakefield (Big Eli)
Hannah Bolen
Susie Spann
Stan Bodine
Little Eli Wakefield
Zack Wakefield
Sophie Wakefield
Ziby Fletcher
Pleasant Tuesday Babson
Roulette Dealer


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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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

7 August 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Gabriel Horn  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The riverboat used in the movie was the Delta Queen. The company spent almost $10,000 to add the fake smokestacks. See more »


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 »


[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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Who Dast? Who Dast?! (who dares/darest)
22 June 2001 | by (Houston TX) – See all my reviews

That was the boastful phrase uttered by Walter Matthau to everyone else at the gathering; he stood before them snapping his bullwhip in air, its wicked cracking part of an old cultural ritual where a man stands before the tribe boasting of his might.

This movie is totally underrated--not only does Matthau give one of his best performances in a smaller role, but there is tons of folklore and history in this gem.

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