The Westerner Movie Review 1940

Information and Film Reviews for The Westerner the Movie

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Cooper stars as Cole Hardin, a sly, soft-spoken drifter who champions Texas border homesteaders in a land war with the legendary Judge Roy Bean (Brennan). Known as "The Law West of the Pecos," Bean sentences Hardin hang as a horse thief, but he breaks out of jail. Hardin then falls for damsel Jane-Ellen (Davenport) and stays in the area, advocating the rights of homesteaders, and has to have a final confrontation with the judge. Brennan's Bean is unforgettable and steals the show from Cooper. Film debuts of actors Tucker and Andrews. Amazing cinematography; Brennan's Oscar was his third, making him the first performer to pull a hat trick.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Westerns, Gambling, Rebel With a Cause
Jo Swerling, Niven Busch
Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone, Chill Wills, Dana Andrews, Forrest Tucker, Charles Halton, Lupita Tovar, Tom Tyler, Lillian Bond
Gregg Toland
William Wyler
Dimitri Tiomkin
Samuel Goldwyn


Oscars 1940: Support. Actor (Brennan).

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