Tennessee's Partner

Tennessee's Partner

Director: Allan Dwan

Cast: Allan Dwan, John Payne, Ronald Wilson Reagan, Rhonda Fleming

     
 

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Another winning collaboration between producer Benedict Bogeaus and director Allan Dwan, Tennessee's Partner is the third film version of the same-named Bret Harte story. The plotline is motivated by the curious friendship between slick gambler Tennessee (John Payne) and gunslinging Cowpoke (Ronald Reagan). Setting up shop in California gold-rush town,

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Another winning collaboration between producer Benedict Bogeaus and director Allan Dwan, Tennessee's Partner is the third film version of the same-named Bret Harte story. The plotline is motivated by the curious friendship between slick gambler Tennessee (John Payne) and gunslinging Cowpoke (Ronald Reagan). Setting up shop in California gold-rush town, Tennessee spends most of his time getting Cowpoke out of trouble--specifically female trouble. The two friends fall out when Tennessee tries to prevent Cowpoke from falling for bewitching gold-digger Goldie (Colleen Gray), but Cowpoke proves to be true-blue when Tennessee is framed on a false murder rap. Rhonda Fleming costars as The Duchess, proprietress of the gambling establishment where Tennessee makes his headquarters. The film's best moment belongs to Colleen Gray, as she deftly switches allegiance from one man to another at fadeout time.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Allan Dwan, whose screen career dated back a lot further than 1916, the year the first version of Bret Harte's lusty Tennessee's Partner was filmed, creates a lively, colorful piece of western adventure with enough shootin' and fightin' to satisfy the purist. None of that modern pseudo-intellectual noir stuff for Dwan, who apparently liked his oaters straight up. John Payne and Ronald Reagan may at first seem a little long in the teeth for this kind of robust melodramatics, but both play with accustomed easy charm and before long, you'll find yourself rooting not only for the "boys" themselves but also for their unusual friendship. Restored to the original RKO "Super-Scope," Tennessee's Partner remains a thrilling, old-fashioned western adventure made even more attractive by the luminous presence of Miss Rhonda Fleming, whose green eyes and crimson tresses appear to have been created with Technicolor in mind.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0089859829321
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:27:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Payne "Tennessee"
Ronald Reagan The Sidekick
Rhonda Fleming Elizabeth "Duchess" Farnham
Coleen Gray Goldie Slater
Anthony Caruso Turner
Morris Ankrum The Judge
Chubby Johnson Grubstake McNiven
Leo Gordon The Sheriff
Joe Devlin Prendergast
Angie Dickinson Girl
Myron Healey Reynolds
John Mansfield Clifford

Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director
John Alton Cinematographer
C. Graham Baker Screenwriter
Daniel D. Beauchamp Screenwriter
Benedict E. Bogeaus Producer
Louis Forbes Score Composer,Songwriter
Dave Franklin Songwriter
Milton Krims Screenwriter
James Leicester Editor
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Teddi Sherman Screenwriter
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Select
1. Marriage Market [6:54]
2. Tennessee [6:07]
3. Stranger in Town [7:44]
4. Goldie [7:21]
5. The Happy Couple [6:38]
6. Calling the Bet [6:57]
7. A Better Idea [8:10]
8. Grubstake's Gold [6:30]
9. Gold Craze [5:40]
10. Murder [8:07]
11. The Map [5:46]
12. Stolen Claim [7:11]

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