The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)





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When a group of French settlers in 1880s Alabama are threatened by a bunch of greedy landowners, American soldiers John Breen (John Wayne) and Willie Paine (Oliver Hardy) are compelled to come to their defense. Breen makes good use of his stay with the French by wooing the lovely Fleurette DeMarchand (Vera Ralston), the daughter of a French General.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Waggner
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Republic Pictures


as John Breen

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as Willie Paine

as Col. Georges Geraud

as Ann Logan

as Blake Randolph

as Gen. Paul DeMarchand

as George Hayden

as Mme. DeMarchand

as Beau Merritt

as Sister Hattie

as Capt. Dan Carroll

as Carter Ward

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as Band Leader

as Fleurette's Dancing ...

as Blake Randolph

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as Blake Randolph

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Critic Reviews for The Fighting Kentuckian

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Its overall mediocrity doesn't get in the way of its pleasant presentation.

Full Review… | August 24, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Fighting Kentuckian

This was actually a lot of fun to watch but rather odd as the heroes are the refugees from Napoleon's French Imperial court and the villains are a bunch of Alabaman river men trying to cheat the French out of thier land grants. PS the French win the land/range war with some help from John Wayne and Stan Laurel who is really good as Wayne's fighting sidekick. It's funny as the the way the actors say John Wayne's character's name with thier accents makes it sound like they are saying John Wayne instead of John Breen.


In Alabama in 1818, Kentucky militiaman John Breen falls in love with a French exile and discovers a plot to steal the land her fellow exiles plan to settle on.

Rick M

A very enjoyable movie, especially pairing John Wayne with Oliver Hardy. That is the reason this is worth watching. Talk about an odd pairing for a buddy movie.

Ken Doers

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