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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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorWalter BrennanWon
Best Art DirectionJames BaseviNominated
Best WritingStuart N. LakeNominated
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The Westerner (1940): Made by Walter Brenna and Gary Cooper

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 20, 2019 From 4 Star Films

I do appreciate older films running their credits at the beginning, and I make a habit of perusing them for familiar names. More often than not, I’m rewarded in some small regard. However, The Westerner features a rather unusual notice:? “This story is legend founded on fact and, with th... Read full article


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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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.


Judge Roy W. Bean: Don't spill none of that liquor, son. It eats right into the bar.


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This film is the first of five roles for Walter Brennan in support of Gary Cooper. The last was Task Force in 1949.
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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