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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.

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Allan Dwan

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Milton Krims (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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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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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Gross USA:

$1,100,000, 31 December 1955
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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Goldie Slater: [in Duchess' bordello] I've never been in a place like this before.
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Louis Forbes
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"I Never Knew His Name"
1 October 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tennessee's Partner is very loosely based on a Bret Harte story. The story takes place in a gold mining town in California where gambler John Payne finds it easier to make money at the poker table than digging for gold. Payne's who's name is Tennessee is probably no better than he ought to be, but the place is full of rough characters.

One of them is Anthony Caruso, another gambler who's got a bad case of jealousy. He eggs on another poker loser to bushwhack Payne, But a stranger riding into town played by Ronald Reagan saves Payne. He's simply known as Cowpoke. And he becomes Tennessee's partner.

Reagan is in town to marry Coleen Gray who's name Goldie implies what she's really after. Payne's known her in the past and knows what Gray is all about. He romances her again and leaves her on a boat to San Francisco.

Of course that's bitter medicine for Reagan and it puts a strain on the partnership.

Payne has another partner in town, Rhonda Fleming who's the local madam. They're partners in a combination bordello/gambling establishment. Payne takes the customer's money downstairs at the poker table and Fleming's girls do the same upstairs.

This marked the fourth film during the Fifties that Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming appeared together in. They were good friends professionally and politically. Ms. Fleming's politics were quite compatible with the 40th president of the United States.

Tennessee's Partner is a nicely crafted B western and good entertainment even if we never do learn the real names of both Tennessee and Cowpoke.


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