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The Kentuckian

The rather simple story of a pioneer father, his son and their dream of new lands is the basis for this adventure-drama. The footage is long and often slow, with the really high spots of action rather scattered.

With:
Burt Lancaster Dianne Foster Diana Lynn John McIntire Walter Matthau John Carradine

The rather simple story of a pioneer father, his son and their dream of new lands is the basis for this adventure-drama. The footage is long and often slow, with the really high spots of action rather scattered.

Burt Lancaster takes on the added chore of director for the production. He does a fairly competent first-job of handling most every one but himself.

Dianne Foster makes a strong impression as Hannah the bound girl who takes up with Lancaster and his young son (Donald MacDonald) after they use their riverboat passage money to pay off her indentures to a mean tavernkeeper. She, more than anyone else in the cast, adds something other than just a surface response to the story situations.

Diana Lynn is competent and attractive but, unfortunately, her role doesn’t count for much in the overall drama. There’s too much of ten-twent-thirt flamboyance to Walter Matthau’s portrayal of the whip-cracking heavy.

The Kentuckian

Production: United Artists. Director Burt Lancaster; Producer Harold Hecht; Screenplay A.B. Guthrie Jr; Camera Ernest Laszlo; Editor William B. Murphy; Music Bernard Herrmann

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: Burt Lancaster Dianne Foster Diana Lynn John McIntire Walter Matthau John Carradine

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