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The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)





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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 Ralston), the daughter of a former French general (Hugo Haas). Oliver Hardy makes a rare appearance sans Stan Laurel as Wayne's pugnacious, philosophical sidekick Willie Payne.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Waggner
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Republic Pictures


John Wayne
as John Breen
Vera Ralston
as Fleurette De Marchan...
Oliver Hardy
as Willie Paine
Philip Dorn
as Col. Georges Geraud
Marie Windsor
as Ann Logan
John Howard
as Blake Randolph
Hugo Haas
as Gen. Paul DeMarchand
Grant Withers
as George Hayden
Odette Myrtil
as Mme. DeMarchand
Paul Fix
as Beau Merritt
Mae Marsh
as Sister Hattie
Jack Pennick
as Capt. Dan Carroll
Fred Graham
as Carter Ward
Sam Harris
as Fleurette's Dancing ...
Hank Worden
as Announcer of Wrestli...
Charles Cane
as Band Leader
John Howard
as Blake Randolph
John Howard (II)
as Blake Randolph
Bob Morgan
as Stunts
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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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Fighting Kentuckian

Good movie fun. Best wagon charge ever. Unfortunately I wish the main French woman character was an actual French actress instead of a Czech actress.

Jeff Kirk

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.


It has a little light humor, it has action, it has drama and it has romance. Not a bad early movie of "the Duke". Oliver Hardy adds a nice comic relieve to the movie.

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