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The Fighting Kentuckian
Directed by George Waggner
Produced by John Wayne
Written by George Waggner
Starring John Wayne
Oliver Hardy
Vera Ralston
Philip Dorn
Marie Windsor
Music by George Antheil
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Editing by Richard L. Van Enger
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date(s) North America September 15, 1949
Europe February 1950
Europe April 14, 1950
Europe November 24, 1950
Europe 1951
Europe December 31, 1951

Europe November 23, 1953
Europe October 11, 1963 (re-release)

Europe July 31, 1964 (re-release)
Running time 100 min
Language English

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) American comedy action film starring John Wayne and Oliver Hardy wearing coonskin caps. The movie was written and directed by George Waggner and made by Republic Pictures. The film was also known as A Strange Caravan and Eagles in Exile and also features Shy Waggner, the director's daughter, in a cameo.


Historical setting

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.[1][2][3]


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 go
Only six hundred miles more to go
And if we can just get lucky
We will end up in Kentucky
Only six hundred miles more to go

Although when the song is first heard, there is eight hundred miles to go


The is one of three films in which John Wayne wears a coonskin cap in substantial portions of the movie, the others being Allegheny Uprising a decade earlier and The Alamo a decade later. Allegheny Uprising and The Fighting Kentuckian are frequently mistaken for one another as a result.


Production notes

This one of only three times that Hardy worked without partner Stan Laurel after they'd teamed up as Laurel and Hardy. Hardy also appeared with Harry Langdon in Zenobia (1939) and with Bing Crosby in Riding High (1950).

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