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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

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
... Constable
... Roulette Dealer
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Release Date:

7 August 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Gabriel Horn  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,600,000, 31 December 1955
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In April 1954 Burt Lancaster was considering casting Brandon De Wilde as Little Eli Wakefield and Jane Wyman as Susie Spann. See more »

Goofs

When Big Eli and his son are in the boat, pulling up shellfish, Little Eli purports to pull a pearl out of the shell. Brother Zack gives Big Eli the opportunity of "letting him fish for mussels." A. Pearls come from oysters B. The shellfish hanging from the ropes in the shot (26 minutes into the film) are clams, not mussels OR oysters. 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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the showdown: one with a whip, the other unarmed.

This film is unusual and interesting, it shows the life in a small town before the time of the westerns we are used to see, when you still had to sock powder into the rifle before shooting. When Lancaster and his son which are used to live in the woods come to town, people make fun of them, it is surprising how cruel they are. During the film both are going to change, the son will grow up and Lancaster will become a wiser man. There are two women, Diane Foster and Diana Lynn, both are charming and it is going to be a hard choice for Lancaster. Walther Matthau is an expert with the whip and his fight with Lancaster is the high point of the film. "The Kentuckian" did not age and Lancaster came out very well as a director. To see the people, their habits, their way of talking, their music, combined with a good story makes this film worth seeing.


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