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The Kentuckian (1955) Poster

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The riverboat used in the movie was the Delta Queen. The company spent almost $10,000 to add the fake smokestacks.
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The first movie directed by Burt Lancaster. Due to the unfavorable critical response he did not direct again for almost 20 years, until The Midnight Man (1974).
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Film debut of Walter Matthau.
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In April 1954 Burt Lancaster was considering casting Brandon De Wilde as Little Eli Wakefield and Jane Wyman as Susie Spann.
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Burt Lancaster applied for membership in the Screen Directors Guild in August 1954 but was rejected "because he allegedly had expressed opinions about directors regarded as uncomplimentary by the organization." The guild granted Lancaster a waiver to allow him to direct the film and invited him to reapply after it was completed.
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The average shot length of this film is about 7.75 seconds, which makes it one of the faster cut early CinemaScope films.
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Burt Lancaster and producer Harold Hecht considered casting Kim Novak as Hannah Bolen.
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In order to publicize the film, noted American artist Thomas Hart Benton painted a seven-foot portrait of Burt Lancaster, Donald MacDonald and Faro, which Lancaster donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1978.
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The Los Angeles premiere was a benefit for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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The picture was entered in the 1955 Venice Film Festival.
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Final film of Whip Wilson.
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Constance Smith was tested for a co-starring role.
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Ian Keith had been cast in the picture, but left the production because of an ulcer.
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Una Merkel was the only member of the cast who was actually from Kentucky.
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