The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) - Adventure, Romance, War

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In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: George Waggner
Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 2 out of 25 found boring (8%)

One-line Reviews (20)

Accept that, and the film is still entertaining.

He was captured before he could do this - possibly one of the most unexpected blessings in American history, for Bonaparte would not have stopped being Bonaparte if he had landed here.

This film is well worth watching again and again.

There's lots of fighting and heroic action in this movie, and it's a way to pass an enjoyable hour or two.

Action packed and well photographed; and an attention holder throughout.

Nothing happens in this goddam film and the cast seem to mercilessly bore the audience with a stupid song to the tune of "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain".

It is also fascinating for anyone with an interest in 18th or early 19th century France.

This film is boring.

This one is a cut above the usual Western oater with easy humor, romance and some enjoyable characterizations and dialogue

And this is not necessarily a bad thing (apart from the lousy acting by Ralston), as the movie is highly entertaining.

It's a fight to stay awake .

Not on the same level as The Searchers or Red River or even Hondo, But The Fighting Kentuckian IS an enjoyable film to watch.

All the villains are killed at the end by their criss-crossing situations (only one, Howard, dies redeeming himself), but the plotting and counter-plotting is so intensely complicated that the viewer has to accept it's intense pressure due to the time limitations of the movie.

It's a great one for kids and enjoyable for adults, as well.

Republic excelled in action scenes and the final stampede of wagons and horses is much more exciting than they do nowadays.

It moves at a fair old clip and is rarely boring, instead building to some thrilling moments at the climax.

With two Hollywood legends leading the way, this 1949 production easily remains enjoyable all these decades later.

It's an unexpected coda, a box office success to boot, and a heartwarming one after years stuck in unworthy programmers with Stan for Darryl F Zanuck.

Each one has his own agenda and it makes the film a bit hard to follow.

John Wayne's second effort as star/producer (after "Angel and the Badman", in 1947), "The Fighting Kentuckian" is a VERY enjoyable tale, set in 1818 Alabama, of coonskin-capped Wayne, part of the Kentucky militia, falling for French immigrant Vera Ralston (in her second film with Duke), and discovering a plot to swindle the French community (composed of ex-officers of Napoleon, and their families) out of their land, by aristocrat John Howard and ruthless river boss Grant Withers.