The Kentuckian

Synopsis: A frontiersman in 1820s Kentucky finds the area too civilized for his tastes, so he makes plans for he and his son to leave for the wild Texas country. However, he buys an indentured servant along the way, and her presence throws a monkey wrench into his plans.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Burt Lancaster
Production: United Artists
  1 nomination.
104 min

How long now, Pa?

How many more days?

We ain't much more than started.

Is there troublemakers around here too?

Don't you fret about

that Fromes family, son.

We're not really running from them,

are we, Pa?


We're traipsing along like natural men.

We got other things to do.

We gotta get to Texas.

I can't hardly wait. Are you certain sure

we won't stay long in Humility?

Long enough to say how do you do

to your Uncle Zack and Aunt Sophie.

Could I count the money again?

- You sure there's enough?

- Certain sure.

Enough for the steamboat

with a mite left over for seed.

Old Faro's getting hot.

Just listen to him sing.

- What's 20 onto 115?

- 135.

Hush, boy. Faro's making music.

Fox doubled on him.

Same as before, Pa. 215.

Are you expecting it to multiply?

Give it here. We'll blow the dog in.

Let me try it again, Pa.

Time you can blow it,

I figure you'll be growed up.

- He heard you.

- Why, sure he did.

Old Gabriel himself will want

to borrow this horn on Judgment Day.

You better lie down now. Your ma

will be asking why I don't bed you down.

Won't you tell me

something more about Texas?

It's a place for the likes of us. No people

there much. No neighbors to crowd you.

Only wild game to see and to shoot at.

When you take a breath, it's got a clean

taste, like nobody never used it before.

Man, oh, man!

Smart music, Faro.

That's the way Texas is, they say,

and that's the way for us.

It ain't we don't like people.

We like room more.

Room to stretch in. Room to see and hunt.

Where you set foot,

no foot's been set before.

That's what ails Kentucky. A man can't

move without he nudges a neighbor.

Here, Faro! Heel!

Get him.

- You there, call your dog off.

- He didn't start it.

I've a good mind to arrest you.

Resisting an officer, breach of the peace.

- It's ready. They can eat now.

- Can't you wait a minute?

- What are you doing here in Prideville?

- Passing through.

Let's have your name.

Elias Wakefield.

Some of you Wakefields

just killed Mose Fromes over east.

- Weren't me.

- No?

Then you won't mind lying in jail

whilst we find out.

- You coming peaceable?

- I ain't coming.

Get him, men! I'm deputizing you!

Please eat. Your pa would want you to eat.

I bet he will eat.

We was going to Texas.

Texas, now? That's a far piece.

So far I can't think it's there.

Bet it's nice.

There's buffalo.

- Sure enough buffalo?

- Galore. And deer too.

- And foxes for your hound?

- More varmints than you can count.

I swear!

The air has a clean taste to it.

The people don't crowd you.

No bound girls there, I reckon.

What they call indentures.

No lone woman either.

- What, Hannah?

- Nothing. I was just dreaming.

I was free once.

I've heard the hounds making music

and the horn to blow them in.

And you know that no one was on hill

or hollow but some free wild thing.

That's Texas!

Now you eat.

Stop poking and get the food on!

- Who said you could feed him?

- He's just a boy.

Talk back when your time is up!

You seem to forget

you're still bound out to me.

Now get them vittles in there!

Now, you eat.

Soon as we can

we'll take a plate to your pa.



John, give him a drink on me.

Where's he at?

Glad you showed up, boys.

I almost knowed your granddaddy.

Him that got killed first

and so set the two families feuding.

Cry, ye young 'uns, cry, sweethearts,

when the feuding shooting starts.

And weep, you widows in lone homes

when a Wakefield beats a Fromes.

He asked where he was at.

He's here all right.

I got him safe and sound.

- It's your chance to get even.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

A.B. Guthrie Jr.

All A.B. Guthrie Jr. scripts | A.B. Guthrie Jr. Scripts

(0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "The Kentuckian" STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 1 Dec. 2022. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    The Kentuckian

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.