Release dateSeptember 21, 1955 (1955-09-21) (US) WriterMilton Krims (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay), C. Graham Baker (screenplay), Teddi Sherman (screenplay), Bret Harte (story) Music directorHoward Jackson, William Lava, Louis Forbes ScreenplayAllan Dwan, Milton Krims, C. Graham Baker, Teddi Sherman, D.D. Beauchamp CastJohn Payne (Tennessee), Ronald Reagan (Cowpoke), Rhonda Fleming (Elizabeth 'Duchess' Farnham), Coleen Gray (Goldie Slater), Anthony Caruso (Turner (as Tony Caruso)), Morris Ankrum (Judge Parker) Similar moviesThe Gambler, Tazza: The Hidden Card, The Far Country, Owning Mahowny, The Comancheros, Bob le Flambeur
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Tennessee s partner
Tennessee's Partner is a 1955 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan, written by Graham Baker, D. D. Beauchamp, Milton Krims, and Teddi Sherman with uncredited rewrites by Dwan, and starring John Payne, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, and Coleen Gray.
While the film is based upon one of Bret Harte's most popular short stories, it departs significantly from the original storyline. It was released by RKO Radio Pictures, which was then owned by industrialist Howard Hughes.
John Payne as Tennessee
Ronald Reagan as Cowpoke
Rhonda Fleming as Elizabeth "Duchess" Farnham
Coleen Gray as Goldie Slater
Tony Caruso as Turner
Morris Ankrum as Judge Parker
Leo Gordon as the Sheriff
Chubby Johnson as Grubstake McNiven
Joe Devlin as Prendergast
Myron Healey as Reynolds
John Mansfield as Clifford
Angie Dickinson (uncredited) as Abby Dean
This film inspired one of the greatest hits of The Four Seasons. As the character based on Bob Gaudio explains in the musical Jersey Boys, "I'm watching the million dollar movie. Some cheesy John Payne western. He hauls off and smacks Rhonda Fleming across the mouth and says, 'What do you think of that?' She looks up at him defiant, proud, eyes glistening – and she says, 'Big girls don't cry.'"