GenreAdventure, Romance, War Initial DVD releaseMay 22, 2001 WriterGeorge Waggner
Release dateSeptember 15, 1949 (1949-09-15) (USA) CastJohn Wayne (John Breen), Vera Ralston (Fleurette De Marchand), Philip Dorn (Col. Georges Geraud), Oliver Hardy (Willie Paine), Marie Windsor (Ann Logan), John Howard (Blake Randolph) Similar moviesThe Story of Seabiscuit, Our Hospitality, Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story, Pride of the Blue Grass, Black Gold, Goldfinger
TaglineROUGHER, TOUGHER, MORE ROMANTIC THAT EVER!
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The Fighting Kentuckian is a 1949 American Western film directed by George Waggner starring John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy, Marie Windsor, John Howard, Hugo Haas, Grant Withers and Odette Myrtil.
John Breen, a Kentucky militiaman, falls in love with French exile Fleurette de Marchand (Vera Ralston). He discovers a plot to steal the land that Fleurette's exiles plan to settle on. Throughout the film, Breen's soldiers sing:
Only six hundred miles more to goOnly six hundred miles more to goAnd if we can just get luckyWe will end up in KentuckyOnly six hundred miles more to go
When the song is first heard, there are eight hundred miles to go (the tune is She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain).
The story is set in Alabama in 1818, including the city of Demopolis, which was founded by Bonapartists. The Bonapartists had been exiled from France after the defeat of Napoleon I at the Battle of Waterloo. Congress authorized the sale of four townships in the Alabama Territory in March 1817 at two dollars per acre, and Marengo County was created on February 7, 1818 from lands that had been taken from the Choctaw Nation. It was named after Spinetta Marengo, Italy where Napoleon defeated Austria in 1800 in the Battle of Marengo. The county seat, Linden, Alabama, was named after Hohenlinden, Bavaria where Napoleon won another victory against the Austrians. The Bonapartist colony did not succeed overall, in part due to surveyance issues that contribute to the plot of the film and in part due to practical difficulties in establishing the vineyards.
John Wayne as John Breen
Vera Ralston as Fleurette de Marchand
Philip Dorn as Col. Georges Géraud
Oliver Hardy as Willie Paine
Marie Windsor as Ann Logan
John Howard as Blake Randolph
Hugo Haas as Gen. Paul de Marchand
Grant Withers as George Hayden
Odette Myrtil as Madame de Marchand
Paul Fix as Beau Merritt
Mae Marsh as Sister Hattie
Jack Pennick as Capt. Dan Carroll
Mickey Simpson as Jacques (wrestler/Marie's father)