The Westerner (1940) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.
An enduring Western with a memorable central performance by Brennan. Judge Roy Bean (known as the hanging judge) ruled his western domain with a despotic hand. When Cooper comes into his courtroom, he knows the deadly outcome, and uses his wits to escape by promising a lock of hair from the judge's dream, Lily Langtry. He also takes sides with the homesteaders (including Davenport) against the judge, which leads to a rousing final showdown in a gaslit theater. Note the cinematography by Toland. Debuts for Andrew and Tucker.
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Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||Walter Brennan||Won|
|Best Art Direction||James Basevi||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Stuart N. Lake||Nominated|
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Cole Harden: [to Bean] When I was a kid, I had a pet rattlesnake. I was fond of it, but I wouldn't turn my back on it.
Judge Roy W. Bean: Shad Wilkins, you've been tried and found guilty of the most serious crime west of the Pecos, to wit: shooting a steer. Do you got anything to say for yourself before the sentence of the court is executed?
Shad Wilkins: I told you they shot at me first. I didn't mean to kill that steer on purpose. I was aiming at the man.
Judge Roy W. Bean: It's your bad luck you missed him. That's the trouble with you sodbusters...you can't shoot straight. Shad, may the Lord have mercy on your soul.
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Film debut of Forrest Tucker.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 23, 1940 with Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan and Doris Davenport reprising their film roles.
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