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The Fighting Kentuckian

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

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Release Date: Sep 15, 1949 Wide

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Set shortly after the Battle of New Orleans, the film casts John Wayne as John Breen, a Kentucky trooper making the long journey homeward with his confreres. Breen becomes involved with a plan by robber baron Blake Randolph (John Howard) to deprive hundreds of French army refugees of land granted to them by an Act of Congress. Championing the cause of the refugees, Breen does his best to defeat Randolph and his minions--and to prevent the villain's marriage to Fleurette De Marchand (Vera

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Western, Action & Adventure, Classics

George Waggner

May 22, 2001

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

August 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The Fighting Kentuckian is a fairly disappointing affair. It's not the best of the western genre and certainly not the best of John Wayne. I like director George Waggner but more for his TV work, most notably Batman. It is historically inaccurate and never, ever convincing. The acting is hammy to say the least, the action never really works and the story lack fluidity. The only reason why it is worth watching is to see the bizarre but quite brilliant pairing of John Wayne and Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy steals the show, even though his screen time seems to have been greatly reduced and it's made fairly obvious who he is (and why he was cast) by the reactions to every scene he's in which are over the top and what you'd expect from a chat show host after a special guest performance.
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