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The Fighting Kentuckian (John Wayne) [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Oliver Hardy, Philip Dorn, Marie Windsor
  • Directors: George Waggner
  • Producers: John Wayne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FMFZY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Wayne stars as a member of a Kentucky regiment that helped defeat the British at New Orleans. He stays behind to help the French settlers fight unscrupulous developers and to win the hand of Fleurette (Vera Ralston), the daughter of a French general (Hugo Haas).

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Here's something you don't see every day. Then again, would you want to? Several years before the 1950s' Davy Crockett craze, John Wayne donned a coonskin cap to play a militiaman in early-19th-century Alabama. He and his fellow Kentuckians are just passing through--"marching 600 miles," as they merrily sing (and sing, and sing), because riverboat magnate John Howard has refused to haul them. Howard and all-purpose scoundrel Grant Withers are scheming to dispossess a community of French émigrés--veterans of Napoleon's Grand Army who've come seeking life, liberty, etc. in the New World. Howard's also out to marry Vera Ralston, the French general's daughter. Naturally, Wayne's just the lad to gum up both plans.

Wayne himself produced The Fighting Kentuckian, but far from repeating the success of his maiden effort, Angel and the Badman, this is one of the feeblest films in his long career. Writer-director George Waggner never gets a handle on what a pre-Western should look and move like. Consequently, the cast does a lot of standing around looking silly in period costume, waiting--mostly in vain--for the script to establish their connection to one another and something resembling a plot. There is a glossier look to the proceedings than most Republic pictures achieved, thanks to Lee Garmes's pearly cinematography, but this is scant consolation. So is the almost creepy presence of Oliver Hardy, sans Laurel, doing Ollie-shtick as Wayne's jolly sidekick. No, he doesn't say, "This is another fine mess you've got me into!" But he should. --Richard T. Jameson

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It Was always going to be Good. cowboy legend John Wayne and comic legend Oliver Hardy starring together in The same film. This is a nice little release of This classic film The blu ray Transfer is really good and shows good and crisp No extra's with the Disc but with this kind of movie you Don't really need any and The price won't put a dent in your wallet. A priceless release But I bet you can't watch it without expecting to see Stan Laurel pop up in it somewhere. classic sunday afternoon viewing Go for it.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2014
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For collectors of offbeat films, or simply for lovers of lesser known Wayne movies, this is something of a peach.
It stars John Wayne and Oliver Hardy. Wait! Who? You heard me. What's more, they have quite a double-act going, with Ollie proving he wasn't only the funniest comedian in the world (in my humble opinion) but was more than capable of turning in a totally credible semi-straight performance, as he does here.
It's set in Alabama in 1812, has a fairly labyrinthine plot, some pretty sensuous romantic interludes, and boasts a female lead much derided in her day, Czech skating star Vera Ralston, who in fact acquits herself well enough, seeming to enjoy her scenes with Wayne, who was still, at a young-looking 42, a beautiful man, as well as becoming one of the movies' most natural actors.
I can't outline the plot, since I'm not entirely sure of it! It involves French refugees who were loyal to Napoleon, criminal land-grabbers, and a troop of Kentucky riflemen of whom the Duke and Ollie are two foremost members.
Ralston is Florette, daughter of the French General, while the enjoyably merry Marie Windsor has a featured role - and a fine old time - as a duplicitous femme fatale, western style.
George Waggner (responsible for The Wolf Man) wrote and directed, the latter rather well, and Bruce Surtees excels behind the camera. The final scenes of battle are beautifully shot and genuinely exciting.
Duke is at his most charming, and Ollie - well, I love the man, and to see him and Wayne so obviously enjoying playing together is a joy in itself. At the end, when Ollie (in a nod to his day-job with Stan) delicately picks a speck of dust from Duke's hat, I nearly stood up in my chair and cheered!
Not a great film by a long way, but unlike anything else I've ever seen, for both good and not so good reasons.

An odd, slightly mad yarn, well worth a watch.
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We are replacing all our John Wayne videos with dvd's. This one is a great film and so much better on dvd. I also bought She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and The Quiet Man - both are brilliant. With the dvd's you don't get the black stripes at the top and bottom of the screen, the picture fills the whole screen. Recommended to anyone who loves the John Wayne cowboy films.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2010
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Okay film buffs... so name the three films in which John Wayne forsook his beloved Stetson to wear a Davy Crockett style coonskin cap? If you know the answer then you are one almighty saddo it must be said, and as they say "It takes one to know one". They were "Allegheny Uprising" (39), "The Fighting Kentuckian (49) and of course as a larger than life Davy Crockett himself in the epic "The Alamo" (60). Set in Alabama in 1818 "The Fighting Kentuckian" stars Wayne as John Breen a rifleman with the second Kentucky Regiment, who falls in love with a French girl who is the daughter of a general who has brought a number of exiles with him from France following the fall of Napoleon. Breen discovers a plot to dispossess the French of the lands they intend to settle. We head to a clash between the settlers and the plotters in which Wayne is caught in the middle. Will love triumph in the face of such adversity?

The film is certainly a very curious one. The lead actress Vera Ralston who acted as Vera Hruba Ralston with Wayne in "Dakota" (45), went Hruba less for this one. Originally Ralston was a Czech figure skater who represented her country in the 1936 Olympics, where she supposedly snubbed Hitler. She later emigrated to the USA where she could lay claim to have developed into one of the worst actresses in history, and there are quite a few contenders. She became a lover of, and later married Republic studio head Herbert J Yates. Now, what can she have seen in a man 40 years older than her? Yates assisted Vera's career mightily and she rose like a meteor into leading lady parts. Unfortunately the meteor never got hot. In fact in didn't even get luke warm, as evidenced by her painfully robotic acting in this film.
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By A Customer on 11 May 2004
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A previous amazon reviewer states that Stan Laurel isn't very good in this film.He obviously hasn't seen much of L+H as he can't tell them apart!It is in fact Oliver Norvel Hardy who provides the comic accompaniment to the Duke.This film is very entertaining fare for the hardcore Wayne fans.
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I am a Massive Laurel and Hardy Fan and got this to see Oliver Hardy in one of the only 3 films her appeared in after he was teamed with (zenobia and riding high the other 2) the first on dvd. A Great film and includes Trailer. Picture fills screen, Black and White, Great Quality would recommend.

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I saw this film in the afternoon and loved it, it was easy going and had Oliver Hardy in it to boot. Well worth the purchase, especially if you see it cheap. John Wayne was a great actor and did many films, this is not a classic but I enjoyed it and got it cheap.
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