The Fighting Kentuckian

Synopsis: Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress, in 1817, granted four townships in the Alabama territory to the exiles. Led by Colonel Georges Geraud and General Paul DeMarchand, the struggling settlers have made a thriving community, called Demopolis, by the summer of 1819. On a shopping trip to Mobile, Fleurette DeMarchand, the General's daughter, meets John Breen, a Kentucky rifleman, who detours his regiment through Demopolis to court her. But Fleurette, despite her wish to marry for love, must bow to the needs of her fellow exiles, who are at the mercy of the rich and wealthy Blake Randolph, and who wants her as his bride. But John Breen has no intention of allowing that to happen, resigns from his regiment, and takes up the fight against Randolph and his hirelings.
Director(s): George Waggner
Production: Republic Pictures
100 min

'This picture is based on

a little-known episode in American history.

'After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo,

'his officers and their families

were exiled from France

'as punishment for devotedly following

an adored leader.

'Bewildered, they turned to the one country

'they thought

would sympathize with their plight.

'And the United States welcomed them.

'By Act of Congress, they were granted

four townships in the territory of Alabama,

'and in 1818 a brave band,

once the most influential in France,

'began to carve a home

out of the American wilderness,

'clinging to their rich uniforms

as a last reminder of their former glory.

'The story begins a year later, in Mobile,

'200 miles downriver

from the French settlement at Demopolis.'

- Colonel Geraud.

- Mademoiselle?

You could dismount and walk with me

to see what's in the shops.

The shops, mademoiselle,

as you call them, are mostly taverns.

Besides, Blake will be out any moment now.

Oh, but just sitting here. And the sun...

Perhaps an ice or maybe a cool drink.

- Do you think we could find one?

- I'm sure I could find one.

But please do not leave the carriage.

- There's a militia regiment in town...

- All right, Colonel Geraud.

I promise I shall not leave the carriage.

- Promise?

- Mm-hm.

Only 800 miles more to go

Only 800 miles more to go

More to go

And if we can just get lucky

We will wind up in Kentucky...

- All right, Kentucky. Here we go.

- 800 miles more to go

Oh, we fought with the 7th over creeks

And we ain't had a bridge...

2nd Kentucky, outside. On the double.

We will make it to Kentucky

- Only 800 miles more to go...

- Goodbye, honey.

You didn't kiss me!

Lady, he's busy.

2nd Kentucky, outside.

- Is that you, Colonel Geraud?

- No.

If you'll just let on

like we're old friends.

- 2nd Kentucky?

- Yes, ma'am.

Breen's the name. John Breen.

- Deserting?

- No, ma'am.

They're leaving. I'm staying.

Only 800 miles more to go

More to go

And if we can just get lucky

We will wind up in Kentucky

Only 800 miles more to go

Thank you, ma'am.

Uh-oh. It's Willie Paine.

Come on!

He's sure to recognize me.

Mind if we drive around the square?

Buck, take charge of these mules.

Hank, you and Beau's coming with me.

This has been

right neighborly of you, ma'am.

Sorry I can't wait to pay my respects

to your menfolks.



You fellas better catch the regiment.

This may go on all day.

Ma'am, this is

downright inconvenient for you.


Willie again.


Thank you, ma'am.

You've been mighty patient.

I sure appreciate your kindness

to a total stranger.


- I was afraid he wouldn't make it.

- Huh?

I said I was afraid he wouldn't make it.

Now, if we were to head that way,

at a nice spanking trot,

I'm sure Willie couldn't keep up.

Yes, ma'am.


Rest the team before we turn back.

Ma'am, you're uncommon gracious.

I'd sure admire to meet you properly.

May I come a-calling?

- I'm leaving Mobile tomorrow.

- Oh. That's bad.

Well, there's tonight.

I shall be busy getting ready for tomorrow.

That narrows it down to this afternoon.

- Short time to make a lasting impression.

- You will try though, won't you?

- What's that, ma'am?

- I say you will try, won't you?

After all the trouble you and your friend

Willie took to get me out here,

surely you'll compliment me with an effort?

You're downright discouraging

to romance, ma'am.

Couldn't you act just a little frightened

to sort of save my pride?

Now, would you and your pride

please take me back to Mobile?

- You look beautiful with your eyes shining.

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George Waggner

George Waggner (September 7, 1894 – December 11, 1984) was an actor, director, producer and writer. He is best known for directing Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1941 film The Wolf Man. more…

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