The Fighting Kentuckian

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  • Passed
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.4  (3,559)

The Fighting Kentuckian is an American Western film released on October 15, 1949, and directed by George Waggner. The movie stars John Wayne as a former soldier named John Breen, Vera Ralston as Fleurette De Marchand, and Philip Dorn as General Paul de Marchand. The film was produced by Republic Pictures and primarily shot in Natchez, Mississippi, and the surrounding areas.

The story of The Fighting Kentuckian is set in the early 19th century in Alabama, where a group of French refugees has settled after escaping from Haiti. The refugees are led by General Paul de Marchand and his daughter Fleurette. They face various challenges, including discrimination and poverty, which have led them to run afoul of some corrupt locals who seek to cheat them out of their land.

John Breen, a former soldier who fought alongside Andrew Jackson, is traveling through Alabama with his comrade Wilkes (played by John Russell) when they stumble upon a wagon train filled with French immigrants, including the lovely Fleurette, who catches Breen's eye. Soon enough, Breen finds out about the injustices being done to the French immigrants and decides to intervene on their behalf.

As Breen tries to help the French, he becomes entangled in a dangerous case of political corruption, complicated further when he falls in love with Fleurette. The Sheriff, Blake (played by Hugo Haas) and his gang are determined to cheat the French out of their land to enrich themselves. Breen teams up with Wilkes, a fellow British Army veteran, to help the French fight against the corrupt locals.

Together, the group faces numerous obstacles, including a dangerous confrontation with Blake and his gang. However, General de Marchand and his daughter soon find themselves at the mercy of the same group of corrupt criminals, leading to a tense and explosive confrontation.

One of the most notable aspects of The Fighting Kentuckian is its portrayal of the hardships faced by French immigrants in the American south. The movie features John Wayne playing a more nuanced character, Jettisoning his usual gruff heroism for a more romantic hero who is deeply involved with the fate of the French settlers. The movie also showcases the resilience and determination of the French immigrants, who despite facing opposition, hold on to their hopes of a better life in the new world.

Overall, The Fighting Kentuckian is an enjoyable western movie that has stood the test of time. The film boasts a well-paced and engaging story, excellent acting performances, and beautiful cinematography. With Wayne in one of his better performances and Ralston charming as the love interest, this classic Western is worth watching for those who love old-school action and romance.

The Fighting Kentuckian is a 1949 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    6.4  (3,559)