The Westerner (1940)
|Top Genres||Drama, Romance, Western|
|Top Topics||Gunfighters, Justice, Romance (Drama), Wild West|
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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.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
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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Wade Harper: We're goin' back to build our fences.
Judge Roy W. Bean: If you do, you better build coffins with them. Now git!
The Stranger: Have you met Miss Langtry?
Judge Roy W. Bean: No, I never met her. I never met the sun, I never shook hands with the moon, and I've never been introduced to no clouds.
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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.
This film is the first of five roles for Walter Brennan in support of Gary Cooper. The last was Task Force in 1949.
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