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Tennessee's Partner (1955)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Tennessee
... Cowpoke
... Elizabeth 'Duchess' Farnham
... Goldie Slater
... Turner (as Tony Caruso)
... Judge Parker
... The Sheriff
... Grubstake McNiven
... Prendergast
... Reynolds
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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21 September 1955 (USA)  »

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Bret Harte's Tennessee's Partner  »

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$1,100,000, 31 December 1955
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1.33 : 1
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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

Turner: You did hear what the man said...
Tennessee: If I heard him, I might have to kill him.
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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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Where Friendship is the card dealer

There are many factors which determine crucial decisions in our lives. Ideas, Love, Patriotism,etc. In this film it is Friendship, between the gambler Tennessee (John Payne), the cowpoke (Ronald Reagan) and also the miner "Grubstake" (Chubby Johnson). There is also the "Duchess" (Rhonda Fleming) , who is a friend besides being the madam, and the woman who is a foe, Goldie (Coleen Gray). All this provides an interesting and entertaining western, which is to be expected when the director is Allan Dwan. There are two remarkable moments in the film, when the "Duchess" asks Tennessee to kiss her like he wants to get married, and not out of lust, and the poker game where the gamblers keep raising the stakes. The film is based on a story written by Bret Harte who also wrote "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" . "Tennessee's Partner" was Allan Dwan's favorite among all his films.


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