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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)
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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
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Roulette Dealer
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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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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

Burt Lancaster and producer Harold Hecht considered casting Kim Novak as Hannah Bolen. 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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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) See more »

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For Burt Fans, Isn't everyone?
24 April 2001 | by (Sun City, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Lancaster's only directing role. A decent western with a twist or two, especially at the ending showdown, which features 10 dramatic seconds of feat that only Lancaster could make suspenseful.

How does a man defeat an armed enemy while standing opposite a 40 yard wide stream, and with no gun? The daring Lancaster meets this challenge with a surprising, brash dash. Check it out.


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