Whether the story of two Kentucky riflemen coming to the aid of French refugees starts a bit incongruous, it all pans out as swift-moving melodrama. Pic also introduces Oliver Hardy, better known as the rotund half of the Laurel-Hardy slapstick team, as a tough albeit corpulent Kentucky backwoods fighter. That he registers speaks well for his natural thespian ability, mugging and all.

Whether the story of two Kentucky riflemen coming to the aid of French refugees starts a bit incongruous, it all pans out as swift-moving melodrama. Pic also introduces Oliver Hardy, better known as the rotund half of the Laurel-Hardy slapstick team, as a tough albeit corpulent Kentucky backwoods fighter. That he registers speaks well for his natural thespian ability, mugging and all.

A little known bit of American history, that Congress granted four townships of land in Alabama to French officers of Napoleon’s defeated armies and their families, forms the background for the story. That is until Wayne, one of the Kentucky troopers returning from final battle of the war of 1812, falls in love with Vera Ralston, daughter of French general Hugo Haas.

The Fighting Kentuckian

Production

Republic. Director George Waggner; Producer John Wayne; Screenplay George Waggner; Camera Lee Garmes; Editor Richard L. Van Enger; Music George Antheil

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

John Wayne Vera Ralston Philip Dorn Oliver Hardy Marie Windsor Hugo Haas

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