The Westerner (1940)

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Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.


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  • Walter Brennan in The Westerner (1940)
  • Gary Cooper and Doris Davenport in The Westerner (1940)
  • Walter Brennan in The Westerner (1940)
  • Gary Cooper in The Westerner (1940)
  • Walter Brennan in The Westerner (1940)
  • Gary Cooper and Doris Davenport in The Westerner (1940)

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14 June 2008 | adrian290357
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| Wily Western by William Wyler
This intelligent Western contains many a wily comment on the savage mindset of frontier times. Walter Brennan as Judge Roy Bean thoroughly deserved his Academy award though it beats me why he picked up a supporting Oscar instead of a full one. After all, his part is about as long as Gary Cooper's. That aside, Gregg Toland's photography is a gem and the dialog well ahead of its time. The best thing about it all, though, is Wyler's disciplined direction. Yes, some would argue that the film does not accurately reflect history, that Judge Roy Bean died much later and not in a shootout but frankly there is enough prejudice, malice, and quirky humor in this film for one to know outright that Wyler never intended it as a historical account but, rather, as a comment on the difficulties of bringing law to the West. Some of it might be dated but Brennan will startle you, Cooper is darned slick, and it will keep you riveted. Don't miss it!

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