In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.
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Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress, in 1817, granted four townships in the Alabama territory to the exiles. Led by Colonel Georges Geraud and General Paul DeMarchand, the struggling settlers have made a thriving community, called Demopolis, by the summer of 1819. On a shopping trip to Mobile, Fleurette DeMarchand, the General's daughter, meets John Breen, a Kentucky rifleman, who detours his regiment through Demopolis to court her. But Fleurette, despite her wish to marry for love, must bow to the needs of her fellow exiles, who are at the mercy of the rich and wealthy Blake Randolph, and who wants her as his bride. But John Breen has no intention of allowing that to happen, resigns from his regiment, and takes up the fight against Randolph and his hirelings.Written by
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John Wayne later blamed the poor critical response to the movie on co-star Vera Ralston. He said, "Yates [Republic Pictures studio chief Herbert J. Yates] made me use Vera Hruba [Republic star Vera Ralston, who was also Yates' mistress] . . . I've always been mad at Yates about this, because we lost the chance to have one damn fine movie." See more »
Near the end of the film when the riders raid the French cabin, there are seven riders. But, ten men surround and enter the cabin. Then, one is shot. They then chase the French in the wagon, with scenes showing 6,7, or 8 horses at different times. See more »
Vera Ralston is Fleurette De Marchand, a member of a group of French exiles (They supported Napoleon, poor saps) living in Alabama. The Duke plays JohnBreen, a Kentucky rifleman who falls in love with her. John Howard plays the evil Blake Randolph, a man of power and standing who contrives a dastardly plot to steal both Ralston and her family's land. Oliver Hardy plays it all for laughs. He makes a great comic sidekick and I wish he'd played that role a little more often. The surveying scene is priceless.
This one is a cut above the usual Western oater with easy humor, romance and some enjoyable characterizations and dialogue
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