The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

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    • The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN

      DIRECTED and WRITTEN BY GEORGE WAGGNER
      PRODUCED BY JOHN WAYNE
      REPUBLIC PICTURES

      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      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.
      Summary written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Breen
      Vera Ralston .... Fleurette De Marchand
      Philip Dorn .... Col. Georges Geraud
      Oliver Hardy .... Willie Paine
      Marie Windsor .... Ann Logan
      John Howard .... Blake Randolph
      Hugo Haas .... Gen. Paul De Marchand
      Grant Withers .... George Hayden
      Odette Myrtil .... Madame De Marchand
      Paul Fix .... Beau Merritt
      Mae Marsh .... Sister Hattie
      Jack Pennick .... Capt. Dan Carroll
      Mickey Simpson .... Jacques (wrestler/Marie's father)
      Fred Graham .... Carter Ward
      Mabelle Koenig .... Marie
      Shy Waggner .... Friend
      Crystal White .... Friend
      Fred Aldrich .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Richard Alexander .... Militiaman at festival (uncredited)
      Dave Anderson .... Giles (uncredited)
      Charles Andre .... DeMarchand's servant (uncredited)
      Hank Bell .... Militiaman at festival (uncredited)
      Ralph Bucko .... Buck (uncredited)
      Charles Cane .... Knox Brown (head fiddler) (uncredited)
      Tex Cooper .... Man leaning against tree (uncredited)
      Gino Corrado .... French soldier (uncredited)
      Steve Darrell .... Gen. Jackson (uncredited)
      Ralph Dunn .... River man (uncredited)
      Franklyn Farnum .... DeMarchand party guest (uncredited)
      Billy Green .... Bartender (uncredited)
      William Hawes .... Bit part (uncredited)
      Fred Libby .... Bit part (uncredited)
      Cliff Lyons .... Kentuckian driver (uncredited)
      Alberto Morin .... Pierre Le Brun (uncredited)
      Al Murphy .... Buckskin (uncredited)
      Jack O'Shea .... Militiaman (uncredited)
      Jack Perry .... Demopolis citizen at festival (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson .... Militiaman (uncredited)
      Michael Ross .... Sheriff (uncredited)
      David Sharpe .... French soldier with Run (uncredited)
      Brick Sullivan .... Militiaman at festival (uncredited)
      Tony Travers .... Frenchman (uncredited)
      Dale Van Sickel .... Brawler (uncredited)
      Blackie Whiteford .... Demopolis citizen at festival (uncredited)
      Bud Wolfe .... Militiaman at festival (uncredited)
      Hank Worden .... Abner Todd (militiaman announcing wrestling) (uncredited)

      Stunts
      Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
      Bob Bryant .... stunts (uncredited)
      Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
      Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
      Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
      John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
      Cliff Lyons .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
      Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
      Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
      David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
      Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
      Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)

      Original Music
      George Antheil

      Cinematography
      Lee Garmes

      Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
      Lee Lukather .... assistant director (uncredited)
      Robert E. Morrison .... assistant director (uncredited)

      Trivia
      Although Oliver Hardy was a good friend of John Wayne's,
      he initially balked at acting in this movie, for fear that it would make people
      think that he and Stan Laurel had broken up as a team.
      When Laurel insisted that Hardy take the role, he acquiesced.

      John Wayne later blamed the failure of the movie on co-star Vera Ralston.

      One of two movies that Oliver Hardy acted in during the 23 year period
      he made comedies with his partner Stan Laurel.

      Goofs
      * Anachronisms: Auto tire tracks visible in dust during wagon and horse chase scene.

      * Anachronisms: After Oliver Hardy sits down on and flattens his trumpet making it useless,
      the final scene shows him walking away with the rest of the happy group
      and a brand new trumpet on his back. Where did he get it?

      * Anachronisms: The "2nd Kentucky Regiment" is shown marching in step.
      Frontier militia units of that day were rarely trained in formal marching,
      being raised in response to a specific, short-term need, and disbanded
      as soon as possible to save money.
      Also, no unit would march in step unnecessarily, as it was tiring to the men.

      * Anachronisms: Willie talks of Kentucky and says
      "Ma is baking bread and you can smell it all through the house."
      He is referencing an early-to-mid 20th Century stereotype.
      At that time of the movie the typical house in Kentucky would have had only one or two rooms
      with an exterior kitchen under a lean-to. As almost all work was done outside the house,
      the smell in the house would not have been noticed.

      * Anachronisms: A number of times the background music uses pieces of "La Marseillaise".
      Although associated with revolutionary and modern France, the song was banned by Emperor Napoleon.

      * Continuity: At the beginning of the final battle, Fleurette runs out to give a weapon to John Breen.
      She brings neither a shot pouch or powder horn.
      Breen is also carrying neither of these items.
      However, he is somehow able to reload and fire the musket a number of times thereafter.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Location[/U][/B]
      CBS Studio Center - 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 11 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) is an American comedy action film starring John Wayne and Oliver Hardy.
      The movie was written and directed by George Waggner and made by Republic Pictures.

      I really like this film, and found it great fun and entertainment.
      Duke played well, and was side-kicked by a rare appearance of Oliver Hardy,
      who acted exactly the same, as he did, only without Stan.
      He was funny, if not convincing in his role.

      Jack Pennick, played a much bigger role for him,
      and for members, who can't place him, this is a good movie, to see him.
      Duke had some friends in support including his brother Bob, Chuck, Paul Fix and Grant Withers.

      This was the first film Chuck Roberson, ,was to double for Duke,
      a decision, that was to change Chuck's life, forever.

      The weakest casting was that of Vera Hruba Ralston, the Czech skater,,
      who's only claim to fame, is that she was the Republic bosses, moll!!!
      She had trouble speaking English, and couldn't act, to save the ice melting!!
      She made 12 films for Republic and the only ones that made a profit,
      were, the ones she made with, Duke.

      Duke said,

      Yates made me use Vera Hruba,...I've always been mad at Yates about this,
      because we lost the chance to have one damn fine movie.


      I agree with the above,however, Duke was unhappy about the mediocrity of the film,
      it suffered from a convoluted plot,bad acting and weak comic relief, just everything about it was forgettable,
      but nevertheless, it made money at the box office.

      A previous thread:-

      What Do You Think Of The Fighting Kentuckian

      User Review
      Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida, from IMDb

      This movie is pure Republic Pictures B-movie all the way, with relatively low production values,
      Very Ralston (girlfriend of the CEO) and lots of action.
      And this is not necessarily a bad thing (apart from the lousy acting by Ralston),
      as the movie is highly entertaining. So, if you just turn off your brain and enjoy, this is a terrific film.
      I particularly love seeing Oliver Hardy playing a rare supporting actor role very late in his career.
      Is he believable? Not in the least.
      But, he's funny and quite the sidekick to John Wayne
      . The plot, such as it is, involves Wayne falling for Cajun Ralston (a Swedish actress playing a Creole woman?!)
      and getting into a wide variety of scraps along the way.
      Not much more to it than that but it is so much fun, who cares?!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 4 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Hi

      This was one of the first John Wayne films I ever remember seeing I must have been about eight or nine when it came second time around at the Shaftsbury our local 'flea pit' (although thats not quite as bad as that but they never showed new pictures only second or third time around films).

      Mostly I remember the finale with all the Kentuckians in the wagons coming to the aid of the homesteaders and Oliver Hardy and his trumpet. It was and still is a great film.

      Regards

      Arthur
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Re: The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      Hi Mike

      Hope this answers it

      Originally Posted by ethanedwards

      The weakest casting was that of Vera Hruba Ralston, the Czech skater,,
      who's only claim to fame, is that she was the REPUBLIC bosses, moll!!!
      She had trouble speaking English, and couldn't act, to save the ice melting!!
      She made 12 films for REPUBLIC and the only ones that made a profit,
      were, the ones she made with, Duke.
      Duke said,
      Yates made me use Vera Hruba,...I've always been mad at Yates about this,
      because we lost the chance to have one damn fine movie.
      Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida, from IMDb
      This movie is pure Republic Pictures B-movie all the way, with relatively low production values,
      Very Ralston (girlfriend of the CEO) and lots of action.
      And this is not necessarily a bad thing (apart from the lousy acting by Ralston),
      as the movie is highly entertaining. So, if you just turn off your brain and enjoy, this is a terrific film.
      I particularly love seeing Oliver Hardy playing a rare supporting actor role very late in his career. Is he believable? Not in the least.
      But, he's funny and quite the sidekick to John Wayne
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      Mike,

      He sure did!!
      They married in March 1952,
      and it lasted until February 1966 (His death)

      She was obviously a better wife than
      she was an actress, and if you read on,
      she wasn't stupid either!

      Ralson is generally conceded to owe her "stardom"
      to being the personal "protege" of Republic Pictures studio head Herbert J. Yates.
      They were married in 1952. Significantly, she "retired" from the screen in 1958,
      the year Yates was deposed as head of the studio.
      They remained married until Yates' death in 1966,
      at which point Ralston inherited half of his $10 million estate.

      IMDb
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      Hi

      Here a well known picture of the Duke from The Fighting Kentuckian. I have both the Black and white and colour version of the photograph'


      Regards

      Arthur
      Files
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Re: The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      Hi

      Obviously during the 1940s posters came in all shapes and sizes as they do today.

      Wether this is a Britis poster and subject to rationing or not I don't know but it is ceratinly quite plain.

      Regards

      Arthur
      Files
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Re: The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      arthurarnell wrote:

      Hi

      Here a well known picture of the Duke from The Fighting Kentuckian. I have both the Black and white and colour version of the photograph'


      Regards

      Arthur




      Good photo that is!Thanks for sharing :wink_smile:
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