The Westerner (1940) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.
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|
Sam Peckinpah's TV Series "The Westerner"By Rick29 on Apr 9, 2018 From Classic Film & TV Cafe
Brian Keith and Spike in The Westerner. Produced in 1960, The Westerner is a tough, realistic TV Western that befits its creator, Sam Peckinpah. The director was already a TV veteran, having written and directed episodes of Gunsmoke, Broken Arrow, and The Rifleman in the 1950s. In fact, he is ofte... Read full article
The Westerner (1940)By Beatrice on Apr 1, 2014 From Flickers in Time
The Westerner Directed by William Wyler Written by Jo Swerling and Nevin Busch from the story by Stuart N. Lake 1940/USA The Samuel Goldwyn Company First viewing/Netflix rental I enjoyed this rather off-beat Western, chiefly due to its Oscar -winning performance by Walter Brennan. ?Wyler’s d... Read full article
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Judge Roy W. Bean: If you do, you better build coffins with them. Now git!
Cole Harden: You get warrants in Fort Davis, don't you?
Judge Roy W. Bean: Yes, that's where they get 'em, but they don't know how to spell my name. It's been tried before.
Cole Harden: I'll get one. This time you'll get what's comin' to you, Judge.
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.
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This film was the third Oscar win for Walter Brennan, who won three out of the five best Supporting Actor Academy Awards. Despite being nominated the subsequent year for Sergeant York, also with Gary Cooper, he was never nominated again in a very long career.
According to the New York Times review of the film on 25 October 1940, it opened at the Radio City Music Hall the night before, more than one month after the national opening on 20 September 1940. No reason was given for the apparent delay. Their credited cast list also is identical to the one in the AFI Catalog, including the character name of "Burt Cobble" for Dana Andrews. However, Variety's cast list has Andrews' name correctly as "Hod Johnson," so there is still a mystery concerning which are the original credits.
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