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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 Matthieu 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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Company Credits

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The picture was entered in the 1955 Venice Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Big Eli sounds the call on the large horn, you can see by his face that he is not actually playing the horn, this is confirmed when he removes the horn from his mouth but the last note plays for a split second longer. 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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For Burt Fans, Isn't everyone?
24 April 2001 | by alydar21See 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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