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The Kentuckian (1955)

Passed | | 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.

Director:

Burt Lancaster

Writers:

A.B. Guthrie Jr. (screenplay), Felix Holt (novel)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Elias Wakefield (Big Eli)
Dianne Foster ... Hannah Bolen
Diana Lynn ... Susie Spann
Walter Matthau ... Stan Bodine
Donald MacDonald ... Little Eli Wakefield
John McIntire ... Zack Wakefield
Una Merkel ... Sophie Wakefield
John Carradine ... Ziby Fletcher
John Litel ... Pleasant Tuesday Babson
Rhys Williams ... Constable
Edward Norris ... Roulette Dealer
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Storyline

A delicious love story centered around a single father attempting raise his son despite the temptations of liquor and women. Lancaster shines as the stable and regal frontiersman fending off the seductions of Walter Matthau and lewd desires.

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Taglines:

Hunter...Frontiersman...Adventurer!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gabriel Horn See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,600,000, 31 December 1955
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

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

Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) See more »

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Well, I liked that it was so different...
25 April 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I think one of the worst problems with American films from the 1930s-1950s is that way too many Westerns were made. Part of the problem that plot-wise, most are very, very derivative--with the same basic plot being rehashed yet again (if I see one more Western about rich guy who runs the town and is trying to force all the farmers/ranchers/sheep herders to sell out to him, I'm gonna puke). Because of this, I love films that talk about American history that are unusual--not Westerns or war films--just something different. This film is about life 'out west' (in the Tennessee area) circa 1820--a period WAAAY underrepresented in American films...heck, it's hardly ever even mentioned! So, from the onset, I was pretty happy about the setting of this film.

Burt Lancaster plays an outdoorsman--sort of a Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone sort of fellow. The main difference is that he also has a young son AND doesn't want to abandon him (Crockett and Boone should have taken note NOT to do this). The problem, however, is money. He and his son love the carefree outdoor life--but it takes money to get to this promised land. In the meantime, the two are forced to hang around civilization (at least what approximated it out on the frontier). Here in town, Lancaster's brother (played by John McIntyre--a guy who looked nothing like Burt and seemed too old for the part) pushed for him to go into business with him--and get rid of his buckskin clothes and settle down. In addition, two women wanted him--the school teacher (who represented domesticity) and the indentured servant (who believed in his dream). What will happen? Will Burt and son become domesticated and civilized or will they eventually make it to the wide open lands of Texas? Overall, this is not one of Burt Lancaster's best acting performances. He's good--but also pretty unremarkable. But, the film is different and reasonably well made--and it's hard to dismiss it. A nice film, at least from a history teacher's perspective, and well worth seeing.


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