Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 26, 1955

The Kentuckian (Hecht-Lancaster; United Artists) strikes a note, pitched somewhere between a 59¢ moose call and a classic eclogue, that might suitably be called "Hollywood pastoral." It is raucous, but it has touches of poetry, too.

The year is 1820. A boy (Donald McDonald) and his father (Burt Lancaster) set their feet on the long way west from Kentucky to Texas. First town they come to, Paw gets himself in trouble with the sheriff and lands in the local stockade, but a bondslave (Dianne Foster), who has mysteriously acquired a henna rinse, sets him...

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