|Directed by||Burt Lancaster|
|Produced by||Harold Hecht
James Hill (uncredited)
|Written by||Felix Holt (novel)
A.B. Guthrie Jr.
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Editing by||George E. Luckenbacher|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates||August 1, 1955|
|Running time||104 minutes|
|Box office||$2.6 million (US)|
The Kentuckian is a 1955 Technicolor and CinemaScope adventure film directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed (the other was The Midnight Man), and the only one for which he has sole credit. It also marked the feature film debut of Walter Matthau. The picture is an adaptation of the novel The Gabriel Horn by Felix Holt. The picture was shot on location in Kentucky in the Cumberland Falls area, the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park near London, Owensboro and Green River, and at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Village near Rockport, Indiana.
Frontiersman Elias "Big Eli" Wakefield (Burt Lancaster) decides to leave 1820s Kentucky and move to Texas with his son "Little Eli" (Donald MacDonald). Along the way, they run into two women who take a liking to the pair, indentured servant Hannah (Dianne Foster), who wants to go with them, and schoolteacher Susie (Diana Lynn), who would rather have Big Eli marry her and settle down. Big Eli also has to deal with villainous Stan Bodine (Walter Matthau), who cracks a mean bullwhip.
- Burt Lancaster as Elias Wakefield
- Dianne Foster as Hannah
- Diana Lynn as Susie
- John McIntire as Zack Wakefield
- Una Merkel as Sophie Wakefield
- John Carradine as Fletcher
- John Litel as Pleasant Tuesday Babson
- Rhys Williams as Constable
- Edward Norris as Roulette Dealer
- Walter Matthau as Stan Bodine
- Donald MacDonald as Little Eli Wakefield