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Tennessee's Partner (1955)

Not Rated | | Action, Romance, Western | 21 September 1955 (USA)
In a California mining town, a gold miner, a saloon gambler and a cat-house madam strike an odd alliance revolving around a gold mine claim.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Milton Krims (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Tennessee
Ronald Reagan ... Cowpoke
Rhonda Fleming ... Elizabeth 'Duchess' Farnham
Coleen Gray ... Goldie Slater
Anthony Caruso ... Turner (as Tony Caruso)
Morris Ankrum ... Judge Parker
Leo Gordon ... The Sheriff
Chubby Johnson ... Grubstake McNiven
Joe Devlin ... Prendergast
Myron Healey ... Reynolds
John Mansfield John Mansfield ... Clifford
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A tough, womanizing high-stakes gambler known only as Tennessee has an uneasy relationship with Duchess, madam of a thinly-disguised bordello, and no other friends at all. But he's saved from murder by a lonesome cowpoke ('My friends call me Cowpoke'), in town to meet his fiancée Goldie on the steamboat. When she arrives, there's a mysterious undercurrent between Goldie and Tennessee, whose newfound friendship with Cowpoke is destined to be severely tried... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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ALL THE GUTS AND GUSTO OF THE WEST...as it really was! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bret Harte's Tennessee's Partner See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,100,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in this film, John Payne slaps Rhonda Fleming and then tells her "Big girls don't cry." This inspired songwriter Bob Gaudio to write the song "Big Girl Don't Cry," which became a hit for his band The Four Seasons. See more »

Quotes

Tennessee: I don't have any friends.
Cowpoke: Well, that's somethin' you don't know until the time comes. Then you find out.
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Connections

Referenced in Nankai no noroshi (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

HEART OF GOLD
Music by Louis Forbes
Lyrics by Dave Franklin
Sung by chorus behind credits; also by Rhonda Fleming (uncredited)
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A strange partnership, that's for sure....
20 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

John Payne plays Tennessee, a very successful gambler in the old west. It seems he's made some enemies and one of them tries to have him shot in the back. Fortunately for Tennessee, 'Cowpoke' (Ronal Reagan) is in town and sees the murder about to occur...and he intervenes. The two soon become friends. However, Tennessee can't believe Cowpoke is going to marry Goldie, as she's a cold-hearted money grubber and prostitute. But his new friend will hear none of it, so Tennessee decides to expose her for what she is by offering to marry her instead and take her to San Francisco...where he promptly dumps her. Naturally Cowpoke is angry. What will this do to their friendship? And how does Duchess (Rhonda Fleming) fit into all this? And why is there a lynch mob trying to hang them later in the movie?

Overall, this is a modest little western. Not great by any standard but it's different enough to make it worth your time.


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