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Tennessee's Partner (1955)

Not Rated | | Action, Romance, Western | 21 September 1955 (USA)
In a California mining town, a gold miner, a saloon gambler and a cat-house madam strike an odd alliance revolving around a gold mine claim.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Milton Krims (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Tennessee
Ronald Reagan ... Cowpoke
Rhonda Fleming ... Elizabeth 'Duchess' Farnham
Coleen Gray ... Goldie Slater
Anthony Caruso ... Turner (as Tony Caruso)
Morris Ankrum ... Judge Parker
Leo Gordon ... The Sheriff
Chubby Johnson ... Grubstake McNiven
Joe Devlin ... Prendergast
Myron Healey ... Reynolds
John Mansfield John Mansfield ... Clifford
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Storyline

A tough, womanizing high-stakes gambler known only as Tennessee has an uneasy relationship with Duchess, madam of a thinly-disguised bordello, and no other friends at all. But he's saved from murder by a lonesome cowpoke ('My friends call me Cowpoke'), in town to meet his fiancée Goldie on the steamboat. When she arrives, there's a mysterious undercurrent between Goldie and Tennessee, whose newfound friendship with Cowpoke is destined to be severely tried... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bret Harte's Tennessee's Partner See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,100,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in this film, John Payne slaps Rhonda Fleming and then tells her "Big girls don't cry." This inspired songwriter Bob Gaudio to write the song "Big Girl Don't Cry," which became a hit for his band The Four Seasons. See more »

Quotes

Tennessee: Honey, I never could wait for anything, you know that. Especially trouble.
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Connections

Referenced in Nankai no noroshi (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

HEART OF GOLD
Music by Louis Forbes
Lyrics by Dave Franklin
Sung by chorus behind credits; also by Rhonda Fleming (uncredited)
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Where Friendship is the card dealer
21 October 2013 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

There are many factors which determine crucial decisions in our lives. Ideas, Love, Patriotism,etc. In this film it is Friendship, between the gambler Tennessee (John Payne), the cowpoke (Ronald Reagan) and also the miner "Grubstake" (Chubby Johnson). There is also the "Duchess" (Rhonda Fleming) , who is a friend besides being the madam, and the woman who is a foe, Goldie (Coleen Gray). All this provides an interesting and entertaining western, which is to be expected when the director is Allan Dwan. There are two remarkable moments in the film, when the "Duchess" asks Tennessee to kiss her like he wants to get married, and not out of lust, and the poker game where the gamblers keep raising the stakes. The film is based on a story written by Bret Harte who also wrote "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" . "Tennessee's Partner" was Allan Dwan's favorite among all his films.


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